Oban RNLI Lifeboat assists 1,300 tonne coaster in Oban bay
Oban RNLI Lifeboat ‘Mora Edith MacDonald’ was requested to launched on service this morning (Saturday 11 January) to assist a 1,300 tonne coaster anchored in Oban bay.
The vessel had dragged her two anchors in the gale force winds that battered Oban overnight, putting her dangerously close to the shore of Kerrera and the busy north entrance of Oban bay. The vessel was anchored and awaiting mechanical repair, so was unable to manoeuvre herself to a safer location.
Oban lifeboat launched with 7 crew on board at 11.30am and was on scene within minutes. A crew member was put onboard the vessel to assist and a towline was passed soon after. Once secure the vessel lifted its anchors and the lifeboat slowly began to pull the vessel forwards, clear of the shore and into her preferred position where her anchors were dropped again by 12.30pm. Oban lifeboat returned to her berth shortly after.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.