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Oban lifeboat launches to assist diver

Lifeboats News Release

Oban RNLI Lifeboat launched on service early this morning (Sunday 26 March) to assist a diver.

Oban lifeboat

Stephen Lawson

Oban lifeboat
Oban lifeboat 'Mora Edith MacDonald' was tasked at 7.25am, at the request of Stornoway Coastguard, to evacuate a diver showing signs of decompression sickness from Loch Aline.

The volunteer crew departed Oban making best speed towards Loch Aline, arriving on scene at the pontoons by 8.08am. Following hand over from the doctor, the casualty was taken on board the lifeboat for the journey back to Oban.

The lifeboat arrived back alongside the berth by 9.05am where the casualty was transferred onwards to the care of paramedics.

Oban lifeboat was then refuelled and made ready for service again.

Notes to editor; photos attached of Oban lifeboat returning to Oban, courtesy of Stephen Lawson

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

Stephen Lawson

Oban lifeboat

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