Oban RNLI Lifeboat assists broken down motor boat

Lifeboats News Release

Oban RNLI lifeboat launched on service this afternoon (Tuesday 13 April) to assist a motor boat that was experiencing engine problems near to the Mull shore.

The volunteer crew of Oban lifeboat ‘Mora Edith MacDonald’ were requested to launch on service this afternoon at 4.30pm to assist the 12 meter motor boat. The vessel, with one person on board, had broken down just south of Duart point on Mull. They had managed to drop their anchor while they waited for assistance. The CalMac ferry Isle of Mull also diverted to stand by until the lifeboat arrived on scene.

The lifeboat arrived on scene shortly after 5pm and the decision was made to tow the vessel back to Oban. A crew member was transferred onboard to assist and once the anchor had been recovered, a tow line was passed and secured to the vessel. The lifeboat then proceeded back towards Oban with the vessel under tow.

Arriving back into Oban bay by 6.10pm, the motor boat was safely berthed alongside the North Pier Pontoons with the assistance of Oban’s Coastguard Rescue Team.

Oban lifeboat returned to station where she was made ready for service again by 7pm.

RNLI/Leonie Mead

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