Oban RNLI launches to medical evacuation from the Isle of Mull

Lifeboats News Release

Oban’s lifeboat was requested to launch yesterday evening (Saturday 3 July) to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service with a medical evacuation from the Isle of Mull.

RNLI/Leonie Mead

The pagers of Oban RNLI’s volunteers sounded at 10.14pm yesterday evening at the request of UK Coastguard, to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service with a medical evacuation from Craignure, on Mull.

As well as providing an emergency rescue service, Oban lifeboat serves as a lifeline link to the many island communities in area. The lifeboat’s top speed of 25 knots ensures a swift means of transferring anyone to the mainland in need of urgent medical attention. It’s a task also often carried out by the air ambulance, who on this occasion were unable to assist due to the low cloud and poor visibility in the area.

Oban lifeboat ‘Mora Edith MacDonald’ departed Oban with two paramedics on board and made best speed towards Craignure. On arrival, the lifeboat berthed alongside the ferry’s linkspan where the casualty was transferred from a waiting ambulance with the assistance of Craignure’s Coastguard Rescue Team.

The lifeboat then made its way back to Oban, transferring the casualty onwards to a waiting ambulance for further medical care, with assistance from Oban’s Coastguard Rescue Team.

With the medical transfer complete, Oban lifeboat was made ready for service again by 12.20pm.

Leonie Mead, Oban Lifeboat’s Press Officer said “ As today (Sunday 4 July) marks the UK’s first national Thank You Day, we’re saying a big thank you to all of our RNLI volunteers and those within the emergency services for their continued hard work, dedication and commitment. This call out is a perfect example of volunteers across our emergency services working together to help those within our community when they need it most.”

RNLI/Leonie Mead

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