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Oban rescue two people from overdue vessel

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Oban RNLI Lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald were tasked to assist in the rescue of two people who had spent the night on an island.

They were on the Creag Islands, to the east of Lismore, after their boat ran out of fuel.

At 11:30am on Sunday 11 June Oban Lifeboat was tasked by Stornoway Coastguard to assist

in the rescue. The men had run out of fuel whilst using a small RIB the previous night.

Fortunately they were able to make it ashore on the uninhabited Creag Islands where they spent

a wet and cold night before being discovered by another vessel this morning. Their boat was

taken under tow towards Oban, however due to the wet and breezy conditions, together with the

ordeal that they had gone through, it was decided to launch Oban Lifeboat to get them back to

shore as quickly as possible.

Oban Lifeboat met the two vessels at Maiden Island just outside of Oban Bay and took the two

men onboard. They were quickly taken back to the lifeboat slip where an ambulance was waiting

to check them over. Both men appeared to be shaken and were suffering from hypothermia, but

should suffer no long lasting effects from their ordeal.

RNLI media contacts: Iain Fulton, Oban Lifeboat Press Officer

Tel: 07855 555539/ 01631 710001 Email: press@obanlifeboat.co.uk

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

Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk

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

henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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