Oban RNLI Lifeboat Station marks 50th Anniversary with Lifesaving rescue

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 5 May, Oban RNLI marked its 50th anniversary with an emergency call out at Glensanda Quarry on the Morvern Peninsula.

Oban Trent Class lifeboat at sea

Stephen Lawson

Oban Trent Class

Due to the seriousness of the casualty and the remote location, the crew decided to launch their lifeboat to proceed to the scene as quickly as possible. The Coastguard Helicopter at Prestwick was also requested.

Oban RNLI crew were the first on the scene and carried out assessments and casualty care before transferring the individual onboard the lifeboat.

The casualty was assessed by Scottish Ambulance Service Paramedics when back alongside the lifeboat berth in Oban, before being transferred by an ambulance to Lorn and Islands Hospital in Oban for further treatment.

Ally Cerexhe, Coxswain at Oban RNLI, explained: “Today, the Oban Lifeboat Station marked fifty years of saving lives at sea and today was no exception as we responded to an emergency at Glensanda Quarry. Oban RNLI wish the casualty a full and speedy recovery.”

There has been a lifeboat in Oban since 1972, which has been entirely reliant on the generous support of the public as well as volunteers who crew the boat. You can help us celebrate the first 50 years in Oban by donating here: justgiving.com/fundraising/Oban-Lifeboat-Fundraising-2022

Notes to editors

· Oban lifeboat station has been operating since 1972. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/oban-lifeboat-station

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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