Remembering a Very Special Birth(day) With Oban RNLI
Today RNLI Oban’s volunteer lifeboat crew presented Kerrie MacGillivray with a commemorative bell to mark 18 years since she was born on Oban’s lifeboat.
Crew member’s who were on the original shout, when Kerrie was born, together with midwife Hazel Munro, were present at Oban Lifeboat Station today, to welcome Kerrie back and present her with a special bell, an RNLI tradition which sees any baby born on a lifeboat given a commemorative lifeboat bell.
At 03.34 am on September 13 2001, Oban’s lifeboat were paged to collect Kerrie’s mum who was in labour on Mull. Oban’s volunteer lifeboat crew launched, with a midwife from Oban hospital also on board, and were soon on their way back towards Oban with an additional passenger. However, before arriving back in Oban at 06.18am, the population of the lifeboat had increased by a further person, as Kerrie was born at 06.16am just as the lifeboat entered the bay.
In his book, ‘The Story of Oban Lifeboat’, Willie Melville writes: “On 13th September 2001 when Kerrie Hazel MacGillivray made her entry to this world at 06:16 as the Lifeboat entered Oban bay.
“Midwife Hazel Munro joined the crew on this service (much to the relief of the crew lads who were without crew member Dr Colin Wilson on this occasion) and it was not surprising to find that the baby's middle name is Hazel! The return to service shows the hon sec's remarks as ‘Coxswain and crew suffering from a mixture of elation and shock......all recovered after a bacon roll and a mug of strong tea’”.
The volunteer crew and everyone at Oban RNLI, wish Kerrie a very happy 18th birthday and fair seas and following winds for the years to come!
Notes to editors
· Those in photo: L- R David Isaac (crew), John Wilson (crew), Hazel Munro (mid-wife), Kerrie MacGilivray, John MacNeil (mechanic), David Graham (crew), Billy Forteith (crew), James MacGilvray (Kerrie's father). Missing from the photo is Lorne MacKechnie who was coxswain.
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