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Oban Lifeboat Open Day

Lifeboats News Release

The crew of the Oban RNLI lifeboat and mascot Stormy Stan welcomed a steady stream of visitors to the South Pier during the Lifeboat Open Day on Saturday (22 July).

Mascot Stormy Stan poses for a photo with two crew members in their yellows

RNLI/Stephen Lawson

Stormy Stan with crew members Jasmin Manning and Graham Beuschier

For the last time, Oban's Trent class lifeboat the Mora Edith MacDonald was the centrepiece of the celebration. A new Shannon class lifeboat comes on station towards the end of the year.

Oban's volunteer crew and fundraising team were joined by colleagues from the Oban Coastguard Rescue Team, Oban Mountain Rescue Team and Green Watch from Oban fire station.

Visitors were able to meet RNLI water safety experts and browse stalls set up by local artists and producers before being given a guided tour of the lifeboat.

Oban lifeboat's full-time coxswain Ally Cerexhe thanked all those involved for their support:

'This was a great way for the crew to say thank you to our community, who continued to give generously throughout the day – including many who helped fill Stormy Stan's bucket when he went on walkabout along the Railway Pier.

'We are really grateful for the support of our other emergency services colleagues and to all the people from the Oban area and visitors who came to see us.'

Notes to Editor

The RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

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.

RNLI Media Contacts

For further information, please contact:

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

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

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

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

RNLI Press Office 01202 336789 or [email protected]

Mascot Stormy Stan is led by two young bagpipers along the middle pier towards the Open Day

RNLI/Stephen Lawson

Oban High School pipers Fergus France and Alasdair Bruce lead Stormy Stan from the Station Square to the South Pier
A posed photograph with mascot Stormy Stan and representatives of the Coastguard and Mountain Rescue teams and the fire service.

RNLI/Stephen Lawson

Oban RNLI volunteers were joined by colleagues from the Oban Coastguard Rescue Team, Oban Mountain Rescue Team and Green Watch from Oban fire station.

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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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

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