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Oban RNLI launch to assist an injured lone sailor.

Lifeboats News Release

Oban RNLI Lifeboat were tasked at 2:57pm today (26 July) by Stornoway Coastguard to go to the assistance of a lone sailor who had fallen on his 35ft yacht between the island of Lismore and the Morven coast.

Lifeboat entering oban bay

RNLI/Stephen Lawson

Library image of Lifeboat entering Oban bay

After arriving on scene, the volunteer crew assessed the casualty and made the decision to evacuate the injured sailor by Lifeboat back to Oban for medical attention.

Two crew from the All-weather lifeboat were transferred to the yacht to start sailing it back to Oban and the Mora Edith Macdonald made best speed back to Oban where the casualty was handed over to the care of paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Oban lifeboat then returned to the casualty’s yacht to bring it back to Oban where it was secured alongside the North pier pontoons.

The Lifeboat returned to station and made ready for service at 6:05pm

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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

RNLI Media Contacts

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 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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