Liferaft drifting in the Sound of Mull

Lifeboats News Release

Reports of an object drifting in the Sound of Mull instigated a search involving Oban RNLI Lifeboat, Craignure and Tobermory Coastguard Rescue Team on the afternoon of Tuesday 4th February.

Liferaft being recovered by Oban Lifeboat

RNLI/Iain Fulton

Liferaft being recovered by Oban Lifeboat

At 3:40pm today the UK Coastguard requested the launch of Oban RNLI Lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald following reports of an object, believed to be a liferaft or possibly a person in a survival suit floating in the water in Craignure Bay. The location was given as just South of the Calmac linkspan.

Upon arrival the volunteer crew quickly discovered that the object was a partially deflated liferaft with nobody onboard. Due to the volume of water contained within the liferaft, recovery was going to be a challenge. The decision was therefore made to tow it to the linkspan where it was recovered with the assistance of Craignure and Tobermory Coastguard Rescue Teams. Oban Lifeboat was then able to return to station.

It was subsequently discovered that this liferaft had been reported missing in the Loch Linnhe area the previous week.

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