220 years of service to Oban Lifeboat recognised with RNLI awards

Lifeboats News Release

Incredible achievements at Oban Lifeboat Station as seven station volunteers receive two 50 year, two 30 year and three 20 year long service awards between them, as the RNLI recognises their long standing dedication and commitment.

RNLI/Leonie Mead

Top Left Iain Fulton, Bottom Left Peigi Robertson, Bottom Right Colin Wilson

Peigi Robertson and Mary Lamont have both been recognised by the RNLI for 50 years of voluntary service to Oban Lifeboat’s fundraising branch. Over the years they have contributed towards many fundraising events; including the stations annual open day, coffee mornings and most recently, the pop up shop.

Mike Robertson, Oban Lifeboat’s Chairman said “Peigi and her late husband, Malcolm Robertson (no relation) have been good friends since we first met through the lifeboat back in the 1970’s, although Peigi had been fundraising for the RNLI even before that.”

“Malcolm, a marine electronics engineer, was a crew member until 2000; while Peigi has been a member and a past chair-person of the fundraising group for an amazing 50 years - and she is still going strong. Many congratulations!”

Reflecting on years past, Peigi said “So much has changed over the years but the camaraderie within the lifeboat family never changes. I’m always amazed at the generosity of the public, too; if anyone deserves a medal, it’s the people of Oban!”

Ian Henry and Colin Wilson both received the RNLI’s 30 year service award. Ian, who is the Harbour Master for Glensanda quarry, volunteers as a crew member on board the lifeboat. Colin, who retired from he his roles as crew member and medical adviser earlier in the year, continues to serve the station as a Deputy Launching Authority.

Crew members Barry MacTaggart and Ian Stevenson along with Deputy Launching Authority Iain Fulton were each been recognised for 20 years of service.

Barry, a project manager for SSE, first joined Oban lifeboat in 2000. By 2012 he became one of the stations deputy mechanics. Barry said “One of the call outs that sticks in my memory was that of ‘Classic Wave’ in 2005.” Three yachtsmen along with one lifeboat crew member were saved as the yacht dramatically sank off Kerrera. Barry and Ian Henry, each received a Framed Letter of Thanks from the RNLI for their part in the rescue.

Iain Fulton began volunteering for the lifesaving charity at the age of 16 as shore crew with Largs lifeboat station. A year later, he joined as a crew member onboard their Atlantic 75 lifeboat and by the age of 21, he had become a helmsman. A move to Oban in 2011 saw Iain join the crew of Oban lifeboat for a short time, before taking on further roles within the station as Press Officer and then, his current role, as DLA.

During their time as crew, the five volunteers have clocked up over 26,500 miles on call outs, spending a total of 2,540 hours on board Oban lifeboat between them.

Our thanks go to each of our volunteers for their incredible service and dedication over the years; of which they all continue to offer. Such commitment, both on board the lifeboat and on dry land ensures our lifeboat remains ready and able to launch when required.

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