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Oban RNLI Responds to Nine Shouts in Eleven Days

Lifeboats News Release

It has been a busy few days for the volunteers of Oban RNLI Lifeboat Station with nine shouts over a period of eleven days, including three separate call outs in one day.

Oban Lifeboat on service at sea on Thursday 12 May

Stephen Lawson

Oban Lifeboat on Thursday 12 May

On Thursday 12 May, Oban RNLI Lifeboat Station responded to three separate calls, with the first at 11:21, following a request to launch following reports of a 35ft yacht suffering from steering failure which was being blown ashore at the north end of Lismore.

The crew decided to tow the casualty vessel off the shore until it was in safe water and then headed to Creran Marine where the yacht could be lifted out of the water for checks and repairs.

As the crew were heading back to the station, they were alerted to another yacht in need of assistance in Loch Linnie. The yacht was sailing towards Oban with engine failure and required assistance upon entering Oban.

At 15:20, as the casualty yacht approached the north entrance to Oban Bay, the Oban RNLI lifeboat was launched to assist the vessel into Oban Bay.

Then, at 20:56, the crew pagers were sounded for the third time to assist with a casualty suffering from a medical emergency onboard a yacht in Loch Spelve.

Two Scottish Ambulance Service Paramedics were taken onboard and once alongside the casualty's yacht, the patient was brought onboard for assessment. The casualty was then transferred to the Lifeboat Station in Oban to be taken to Lorn and the Isles Hospital for treatment.

Ally Cerexhe, RNLI Coxswain for Oban RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘Over the last eleven days, Oban RNLI has responded to nine shouts, with one of those being a false alarm with good intent on Monday 16 May. We would always encourage the public to call the coastguard in the first instance when there are concerns out at sea.’

Notes to editors

· Oban lifeboat station has been operating since 1972. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://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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