Oban RNLI Lifeboat tasked to assist injured walker

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Oban RNLI lifeboat were requested to launch yesterday evening, Friday 23 October, after a person had fallen on the shore off Little Ganavan.

Oban lifeboat ‘Mora Edith Macdonald’ was requested to launch at 5.50pm to assist with the evacuation of the casualty. The lifeboat arrived on scene and launched their daughter craft. Oban’s Coastguard Rescue Team and the Scottish Ambulance Service were already on scene assisting the casualty.

Two crew members made their way ashore in the daughter craft to assess the possibility of evacuation to the lifeboat. Although the casualty’s position was relatively close to the shore, the shoreline was steep and the wet rock proved treacherous. As evacuation by foot would also prove challenging, it was decided to call on the Coastguard’s Rescue Helicopter.

The lifeboat was requested to stand by as the helicopter arrived and so the volunteer crew members remained on scene incase any assistance was required.

Once the helicopter was on scene, their winchman was lowered and after assessing the casualty they were airlifted for the onwards journey to hospital.

The two crew members ashore returned to the lifeboat and with the casualty safely onboard the helicopter the lifeboat made its way back to Oban. Ready for service again by 7.30pm.

As the clocks change this weekend, RNLI crews around the country remain on call for an additional hour this Sunday. We remind everyone to take care when out walking or on the sea, our coastline is there to be enjoyed but dangers still remain. If you find yourself or spot anyone else in difficulty remember to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

The work of the lifesaving charity relies heavily on the generosity of the public and Oban RNLI Lifeboat’s fundraisers will be holding another pop up shop on the North Pier in Oban next Saturday 31 October between 10-4pm. A range of RNLI souvenirs and Christmas Cards will be available.

RNLI/Leonie Mead

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