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Oban RNLI tasked to assist a fishing vessel with engine failure.

Lifeboats News Release

Oban RNLI Lifeboat launched today (Thursday 6 July) to a fishing vessel that had engine failure and was drifting close to the shore on the West side of Kerrera.

Library image of lifeboat on service

RNLI/Stephen Lawson

Library image

The volunteer crew of Oban RNLI launched at 11:54am at the request of Stornoway Coastguard who had received a Pan Pan call (an urgent, but not an emergency call), from a fishing vessel that had reported engine failure and was drifting close to the shore on the west side of Kerrera.

The Calmac ferry MV Isle of Mull also launched its Fast Response Craft (FRC) to assist. As Oban lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald was approaching the casualty vessel the FRC successfully managed to establish a tow and pulled the casualty vessel into deeper water.

Once in deeper water the Trent class lifeboat took over the tow and returned to Oban with the casualty vessel and the FRC returned to the MV Isle of Mull for recovery. The fishing vessel was secured alongside the Railway Pier at 12:50pm.

Oban RNLI would like to extend their thanks to Calmac and the crew of the MV Isle of Mull for their assistance this morning.

Notes to Editor

The RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Picture credit: RNLI/Stephen Lawson

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.

Picture Caption: Library image

Photo credit: RNLI/Stephen Lawson

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For further information, please contact:

Stephen Lawson, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Oban RNLI on 07776 340629 or email [email protected]

John Macgill, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Oban RNLI on 07711 548672 or email [email protected]

Natasha Bennett, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), on 07826 900639 or [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), on 07920 365929 or [email protected]

RNLI Press Office 01202 336789 or [email protected]

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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 over 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 142,200 lives.

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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