Fishing boat aground sparks launch of Oban Lifeboat
Oban RNLI lifeboat was request to launch yesterday evening (Sunday 22 November) after reports of a fishing boat aground.
The volunteer crew were requested to launch at 7.30pm as a 13 meter fishing boat, with 4 persons on board, had run aground west of the Isle of Luing. As the lifeboat launched on service, it was established that the vessel had managed to refloat itself. With no signs of water ingress and everyone on board safe, the vessel was able to make slow speed towards Oban.
With the vessel continuing north towards Oban, the lifeboat proceeded to meet them on route and arrived on scene with them just south of Insh island by 8pm. With the skipper happy to carry on under their own power, the lifeboat stood by for the remaining journey back to Oban.
Once back in Oban, the fishing boat safely berthed alongside the railway pier by 9.30pm. Oban lifeboat returned to her berth where she was refuelled and ready for service again 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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.