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Oban Lifeboat launches in gale force winds

Lifeboats News Release

Oban RNLI Lifeboat launched on service today (Wednesday 11 January) to undertake their second medivac in 24 hours.

Oban lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald was requested to launch on service at 10.29am this morning to assist with a medical transfer from Craignure, Isle of Mull.

The volunteer crew were launched to evacuate a casualty from the Isle of Mull with a life threatening illness. The lifeboat departed in a gale force westerly wind, arriving at Craignure by 11.38am. With the assistance of the Craignure Coast Rescue Team, the casualty was safely transferred aboard the lifeboat.

Oban lifeboat departed Craignure, arriving back in Oban by 12.13pm, where the casualty was transferred on to a waiting ambulance with the help of Oban's Coast Rescue Team.

Oban lifeboat then returned to station where she was refuelled and made ready for service again by 12.30pm.

This was the second medivac in 24 hours for Oban lifeboat, in what's proven to be a busy month; a total of 6 calls outs in the first 11 days of 2017.

RNLI media contacts: Leonie Woolf, Oban Lifeboat Deputy Press Officer

Tel: 07818 861517/ 01631 569735 Email:

Or Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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