Oban RNLI Lifeboat rescues two people stranded on island with open canoe

Lifeboats News Release

Oban RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch yesterday afternoon (Thursday 20 August) to assist two people who became stranded on an island with their open canoe.

The volunteer crew of Oban lifeboat launched on service at 3.02pm yesterday afternoon to assist two people stuck on Shuna island to the north of Lismore. The two persons had been out in an open canoe but as the wind started to pick up they were unable to paddle against it. Instead, they managed to make it ashore on Shuna island, leaving them stranded.

The lifeboat arrived on scene by 3.56pm where the 2 persons were located ashore. They were able to safely paddle themselves a short distance out to the lifeboat and once along side, they were transferred on board. The lifeboat proceeded to tow the canoe over to Linnhe Marine where the persons and canoe were transferred ashore at the pontoons.

With everyone safely ashore, Oban lifeboat departed the scene, arriving back in Oban by 5pm.

RNLI/Leonie Mead

Oban RNLI Lifeboat

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