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Oban RNLI launches to overdue sailor

Lifeboats News Release

Oban Lifeboat’s volunteers were woken early this Sunday morning after concerns for a sailor overdue from Ardfern.

RNLI/Leonie Mead

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of Oban lifeboat ‘Mora Edith MacDonald’ at 4.30am as a 17ft yacht with one person onboard had not returned home from a day sail out of Ardfern, Loch Craignish.

Oban lifeboat proceeded south towards Loch Craignish as Islay lifeboat were also requested to launch. Oban lifeboat carried out a search of Loch Craignish and checked the anchorages and moorings for a vessel fitting its description. With nothing found the volunteers continued down the coastline towards Crinan and Carsaig bay, while Islay lifeboat searched the area further south and into Loch Sween.

Shortly after 7am, it was understood that Islay lifeboat had identified the vessel safely secured to a mooring at Tayvallich and the one person onboard was safe and well. Both lifeboats were stood down, as was the Coastguard’s Rescue Helicopter, who had also proceeded to the scene from Prestwick.

Oban lifeboat arrived back in Oban by 8pm, refuelled and ready for service again by 8.30am.

Thankfully the yacht and person on board were found safe and well, however this could have been very different and whilst our volunteers remain ready to launch, this serves reminder to make sure onshore contacts are kept informed and notified of any plan changes.

RNLI/Leonie Mead

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