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Oban lifeboat diverts from exercise to assist yacht

Lifeguards News Release

Whilst out on exercise yesterday evening (Tuesday 30 May) Oban lifeboat diverted to assist a yacht with a fouled propeller.

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The volunteer crew were just off the south end of Kerrera on a routine training exercise yesterday evening when Stornoway Coastguard requested their assistance shortly before 7.30pm. A 14 meter sailing boat with 5 persons on board had broadcasted a 'Pan Pan' reporting a fouled propeller in Loch Melfort.

Oban lifeboat proceeded to the area, meanwhile the yacht was able to sail back and forth across the wind to hold off from any navigational dangers until the lifeboat had arrived.

Once on scene by 8.10pm, the lifeboat quickly established a tow with the vessel and proceeded to the safety of Craobh Haven Marina. With the vessel safely alongside by 9.15pm Oban lifeboat was free to return to station.

Arriving back in Oban shortly after, the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service again by 10.35pm.

Notes to editor;

RNLI media contacts: Leonie Woolf, Oban Lifeboat Deputy Press Officer

Tel: 07818 861517/ 01631 569735 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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