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A busy day for Oban lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A busy day for Oban lifeboat with two call outs and assisting with a shore based emergency.

Oban lifeboat towing the fishing vessel


Oban lifeboat towing the fishing vessel
The day began for the volunteer crew as they were tasked at 9.26am (Thursday 18th May) to assist a fishing vessel with engine failure close to the isle of Fladda in the Sound of Luing.

Stornoway Coastguard broadcasted a 'Pan pan' call requesting any vessels in the area to standby until Oban lifeboat arrived on scene. The vessel with two persons on board was located by 10.03am with another fishing vessel standing by.

Oban lifeboat set up a tow and proceeded to the nearest safe port of Craobh Haven. With the assistance of Oban Coast Rescue Team the vessel was safely alongside by 11.44am. Oban lifeboat then returned to Oban and was made ready for service again by 1pm.

Shortly after, their assistance was required again as a person had fallen and sustained a head injury close by to the station. Oban's full time coxswain, along with the station's mechanic and a deputy coxswain assisted the casualty by providing Casualty Care while an ambulance was on route. Once on scene the casualty was transferred to the care of the paramedics and the crew returned to station.

Just before 3pm the lifeboat was launched for the second time to reports of a missing kayaker in the Port Appin area. The volunteer crew departed Oban but were stood down shortly after as the kayaker was confirmed safe and well.

Oban lifeboat returned to station after a busy day where she was refuelled and made ready for service again by 3.08pm.

Notes to editor;

Photos attached of Oban lifeboat's first launch to the fishing vessel under tow, and alongside at

Craobh Haven.

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 assisting the fishing vessel


Oban lifeboat assisting the fishing vessel

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