Cargo ship with fouled propellor sparks launch of Oban RNLI Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Oban lifeboat ‘Mora Edith MacDonald’ was requested to launch on service yesterday evening (Wednesday 21 October) as a 3,000 tonne cargo ship reported a fouled propellor in a location west of Insh Island.

RNLI/Leonie Mead

The request to launch came in shortly before 9.30pm and the lifeboat launched soon after. It was understood that the 90 meter vessel was able to maintain a slow speed under it’s own power. The lifeboat proceeded to make best speed towards the vessels location. Whilst on route, the Coastguard informed the volunteer crew that the vessel had been able to free their propellor and continue on passage without assistance.

As the lifeboat was close to the scene at this point, the decision was made to stand by for a short time incase the vessel experienced any further difficulties. Fortunately all was well and the volunteer crew returned to station shortly after, where the lifeboat was made ready for service again by 11pm.

This was the first call out for Dr Colin Wilson in his new volunteer role as Deputy Launching Authority. The role of a DLA is to deputise for the stations Lifeboat Operations Manager when required. Authorising the launch of the lifeboat as requested by the Coastguard, Colin’s new role sees him remain on call 24/7 when needed, joining the stations other DLA’s Iain Fulton and David Graham.

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