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Oban lifeboat launches to yacht aground

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Oban lifeboat launched this morning (Saturday 8 July) to a yacht aground off Dunstaffnage Marina.

Oban RNLI lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald was tasked by Stornoway Coastguard at 10.14am this morning to assist a 44 foot yacht that had grounded just north of Dunstaffnage Marina, with 3 persons onboard. The lifeboat arrived on scene by 10.40am to find the yacht listing heavily and the tide still dropping.

The lifeboat's daughter craft, also known as the xp boat, was launched to assist the yacht's crew in putting out an anchor to secure the vessel until it was possible to refloat later in the day.

With the yacht and her crew safe, the lifeboat left the scene and returned back to Oban by 11.45am

Oban lifeboat launched on service later at 2.54pm to assist with refloating the yacht. With the tide now rising the yacht refloated with the help of the lifeboat's xp boat to recover their anchor. With all safe and well the lifeboat escorted the yacht into the Marina where she was safely alongside by 4pm.

Oban lifeboat then returned to station where she was refuelled and made ready for service again by 4.35pm.

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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