Oban RNLI Lifeboat rescues two people from sinking motorboat
Oban RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch this afternoon (Sunday 20 September) to assist a 16ft motorboat near Lismore lighthouse.
The volunteer crew of ‘Mora Edith MacDonald’ launched at 2.10pm and proceeded to the vessels location, off the south east tip of Lismore. It was understood that the vessel was taking on water and in danger of sinking.
The persons on board had raised the alarm themselves by phoning the Coastguard and had taken the decision to stay close into shore incase the boat sank. Thankfully, both on board were wearing lifejackets.
Once alongside the vessel, the two persons on board were transferred on to the lifeboat and the boat was taken under tow whilst the lifeboats salvage pump worked to stem the water ingress. The lifeboat continued the tow in to Dunstaffnage marina where the boat was taken on to the slipway, enabling the owner to have it lifted to assess the damage. The two persons on board were transferred ashore.
Oban lifeboat departed the scene at 4.30pm, returning to Oban and ready for service again by 5.15pm.
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.