First call out of the year for Oban RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Oban RNLI Lifeboat ‘Mora Edith MacDonald’ launched for the first time of the year this afternoon.

RNLI/Leonie Mead

Oban lifeboat was requested to launch on service at 12.20pm this afternoon after reports of a wingfoiler in difficulty in Ardmucknish Bay. A person on shore had raised the alarm as they were concerned, having lost sight of the wingfoiler in the bay.

The lifeboat launched on service shortly after the initial request and made best speed towards the area. Arriving on scene, the volunteer crew found the experienced wingfoiler safe and well and enjoying the fresh south westerly wind.

With no one in danger, the call out was deemed a false alarm with good intent and Oban lifeboat returned to station a short time after.

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