Busy start to the year for Oban RNLI Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Oban RNLI Lifeboat ‘Mora Edith MacDonald’ has launched twice to two separate incidents in the last 24 hours, a busy start to the new year for the volunteers.

The first call came at 7.26pm yesterday evening (Friday 3rd January) following reports of a red flare sighting in Loch Melfort. Oban lifeboat made best speed towards the location, along with Oban’s Coastguard Team and the Coastguard’s Search and Rescue Helicopter.

Arriving on scene by 8.30pm, Oban lifeboat conducted a shoreline search of the area. With a thorough search conducted by all parties and nothing found, the search was stood down. Oban lifeboat returned to station where she was refuelled and made ready for service again by 10.45pm.

Then, shortly before 10am this morning (Saturday 4th January), the volunteer crew were called on again. A yacht had parted from its mooring in Connel bay and had run aground. The lifeboat launched on service at 10.15am with a crew of seven. While it had been established that there were no persons on board the vessel, given the nature of the tides in the area, near the Falls of Lora, the decision was made to refloat and secure the vessel.

The lifeboat launched their daughter craft, the ‘xp boat’ to pass a tow line across to the vessel. It soon came clear of the shore and was taken in an alongside tow to a nearby mooring where it was safely secured. Oban lifeboat returned to station where she was made ready for service again by 12.30pm.

RNLI/Stephen Lawson

RNLI/Stephen Lawson

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