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Early morning call for Oban lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Oban RNLI lifeboat launched this morning (Monday 24 July) to assist a vessel just west of Tralee Bay.

Oban lifeboat with the vessel under tow


Oban lifeboat with the vessel under tow

Oban lifeboat 'Mora Edith MacDonald' was requested to launch by Stornoway Coastguard at 6.54am this morning to assist a converted fishing boat with four people onboard, that had broken down off Camas Nathais, just to the west of Tralee bay.

The volunteer crew arrived on scene by 7.11am and assisted with passing a tow to the casualty vessel. Once secure, the lifeboat proceeded back towards Oban where the vessel was safely tied up on a mooring shortly after.

Oban lifeboat then returned to station where she was refuelled and ready for service again by 8.32am.

Notes to editor;

Photo attached of the vessel under tow.

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.

Oban lifeboat with the vessel under tow

RNLI/Stephen Lawson

Oban lifeboat with the vessel under tow

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