Oban RNLI Lifeboat searches for missing person
Oban Lifeboat was requested to launch yesterday evening (Thursday 18 June) to assist in the search for a missing person, last seen in the vicinity of the War memorial in Oban.
The volunteer crew of Oban Lifeboat ‘Mora Edith MacDonald’ launched on service at 8.50pm. The lifeboat proceeded to carry out a shoreline search of the area surrounding the War memorial, on Oban’s Esplanade, before continuing round towards Ganavan. Oban’s Coastguard Rescue Team were also in attendance to conduct a search from the shore.
Just as the lifeboat had completed their search of the area, it was understood that the person had been located safe and well.
Oban lifeboat was stood down, returning to her berth where she was made ready for service again by 10.15pm.
Ally Cerexhe, Oban lifeboat’s coxswain said “We were pleased to hear that the person was found safe and well in this instance. While our lifeboat remains ready to launch should we be required, we continue to remind everyone to take extra care if they are visiting the coast. Please continue to exercise locally to your home and if you see anyone at risk please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
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.