Oban lifeboat tasked to assist grounded yacht
A yacht aground at the south end of Kerrera sparked the launch of Oban lifeboat yesterday evening (Tuesday 18 July).
Oban RNLI lifeboat departed the berth and arrived on scene shortly after at 6.17pm to find the yacht hard aground with a heavy list. The volunteer crew launched the lifeboat's daughter craft to assess the situation. With the tide still falling the decision was made to secure the vessel and return later once there was enough water to refloat.
The lifeboat then returned to station to wait for the tide to rise enough for the yacht to refloat, launching again a few hours later at 9.30pm.
Once back on scene the lifeboat's daughter craft was used again to put a crew member onboard to assist the solo yachtsman with the re-floating of the vessel. By 10.45pm the yacht was afloat and clear of any shoreline. She was then taken under tow to Oban where she was safely back on her own mooring and the owner safely ashore by 11.50pm.
Oban lifeboat returned to her berth where she was refuelled and made ready for service again by 12am.
Notes to editor;
Photos attached of the yacht aground with Oban lifeboat and her daughter craft on scene.
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