RNLI Oban crew called to reports of kayakers in trouble

Lifeboats News Release

Oban’s volunteer lifeboat crew were called out late on Sunday evening to reports of a group of kayakers in trouble on the Falls of Lora and concerns that one of them was in the water.

Oban RNLI Trent Class All Weather lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald traveling into Loch Etive

RNLI/John Macgill

Oban RNLI Trent Class All Weather lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald at Connel (Library Image)

The Trent Class All Weather lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald was launched at 10.37pm and the crew were able to reach the area where the people were last seen in less than fifteen minutes.

After finding nobody during a thorough search of the waters and shoreline around Connel in fading light, the team stood down and returned to base.

Later reports suggested that the group may have been on inflatables and had safely reached shore.

Oban RNLI Water Safety Officer Tony Hammock warned the stretch of water around the mouth of Loch Etive can be dangerous and should only be tackled by experts with the right equipment including lifejackets:

“The Falls of Lora can be challenging area of water for even more experienced water users, and is not suitable for inflatables. As the tides change, the water can change in a matter of minutes from being calm to quite turbulent with strong currents going out to sea.

“The people who raised the alarm from the shore did the right thing by contacting the Coastguard on 999.”

Notes to Editors

The RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Picture credit: Stephen Lawson/RNLI

Oban Lifeboat volunteers this year celebrated fifty years of saving lives at sea.

Oban is a busy station serving one of the largest stretches of coastline in the UK, flanked by RNLI colleagues based at Tobermory, Islay and Campbeltown.

The Oban volunteer crew operate the Trent Class All Weather lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald from our base at the South Pier on Gallanach Road, close to the CalMac ferry terminal.

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