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Oban lifeboat launches to assist divers

Lifeboats News Release

Oban RNLI lifeboat launched this afternoon (Tuesday 5 September) to assist two divers suspected of suffering from the 'bends'.

Oban lifeboat

Stephen Lawson

Oban lifeboat
Oban lifeboat was tasked by UK Coastguard at 4.35pm this afternoon to assist two divers suspected of suffering from decompression sickness, also known as the 'bends'. The lifeboat left Oban, making best speed towards Loch Aline, where they were to rendezvous with Tobermory lifeboat who had the casualties on board.

The lifeboats entered Loch Aline to seek shelter for the transfer, and soon after the two divers were transferred from Tobermory lifeboat to Oban lifeboat.

Oban lifeboat then proceeded back to Oban where the casualties where transferred on to a waiting ambulance with the help of Oban's Coast Rescue Team.

The lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service again by 6.45pm.

Notes to editor;

Photo thanks to Stephen Lawson.

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

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