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Oban RNLI assists stranded walkers

Lifeboats News Release

Oban lifeboat was requested to launch this morning (Friday 1 October) to assist a group of walkers who were stranded on the Morvern peninsula.

RNLI/Leonie Mead

The volunteer crew were requested to launch shortly after 9am to assist the group of four who had spent the last three days at the bothy in Inninmore bay.

It was understood that one of their party had twisted their ankle a few days earlier. The remote bothy has no road access and heavy rain over the last few days meant that a river they needed to cross was now in spate and given the worsening weather conditions, the group decided to call for help.

The lifeboat ‘Mora Edith MacDonald’ arrived on scene by 9.50am and the volunteer crew launched their daughter craft to access the shore. Two crew members proceeded ashore and transferred the walkers back to the lifeboat. Once safely onboard, the lifeboat travelled a short distance west to Ardtornish bay where the walkers were reunited with their car a short distance away.

With everyone safely ashore, the lifeboat returned to Oban where she was made ready for service again by 11.15am.

Ally Cerexhe, Oban Lifeboat’s coxswain said “With the weather set to deteriorate throughout the day, the group did the right thing calling for help rather than trying to walk back themselves.”

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