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Oban RNLI launched to Mayday call from 33ft yacht taking on water

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday 25 July at 2:43pm, the volunteer crew at Oban RNLI launched to a Mayday call to provide assistance to a 33ft yacht taking on water on the north side of Lismore.

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Oban Lifeboat leaving Oban heading to Lismore

The Oban RNLI lifeboat, Mora Edith MacDonald, arrived on the scene at 3:07pm in Bernera Bay to the north of Lismore lighthouse.

The volunteer crew members arrived on the scene to find the casualty vessel had two adults and two children onboard and was at anchor. Two RNLI crew members were then transferred onto the yacht with their salvage pump.

After the water ingress was stemmed and the bilges pumped the casualty vessel was escorted to Oban transit marina where it was secured alongside with the assistance of Oban Coastguard Rescue Team.

Mark Scott, Oban RNLI Coxswain, said, ‘The weather was worse than forecast, but we were able to quickly locate the casualty vessel, and the incident was soon resolved thanks to the actions of the volunteer lifeboat crew, the casualty vessel crew and the assistance from surrounding vessels’.

Oban lifeboat returned to station, refuelled and ready for service at 5:45pm.

RNLI media contacts

Stephen Lawson, Lifeboat Press Officer, 07776 340629, [email protected]

John Macgill, Lifeboat Press Officer, [email protected]

Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789


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Oban Lifeboat escorting casualty vessel to Oban transit marina.

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