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Training ramps up for Oban RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Four senior members of the Oban lifeboat crew have this week completed their jet handling course at the RNLI's training centre in Dorset, in preparation for the arrival on station of a new Shannon class vessel.

Four coxswains in their yellows standing on the quayside below the new Oban lifeboat which is out of the water in a cradle

RNLI/Ally Cerexhe

Standing in front of Oban's new lifeboat at the training centre at Poole in Dorset are (left to right) Ally Cerexhe and deputy coxswains Andy Lockwood, David Isaac and James Hardie.

Coxswain Ally Cerexhe and deputy coxswains Andy Lockwood, David Isaac and James Hardie were learning how to get the best out of the Shannon's water jet propulsion system having up until now operated a propeller-driven Trent class lifeboat.

In the coming weeks training will step up a gear for the whole crew as Oban's lifeboat, the Mora Edith MacDonald is joined by a training Shannon ahead of the arrival of the new vessel, The Campbell-Watson, in December.

Meanwhile, routine exercises have been continuing, including a recent refresher on using the lifeboat’s winch equipment to safely lift casualties from the water.

Oban is a busy station serving the maritime, island and coastal communities along 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 or [email protected]

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

RNLI Press Office 01202 336789 or [email protected]

A photo of five crew members in their yellows, to of them in the water, using winching equipment to lift each other safely from the sea.

RNLI/JStephen Lawson

Each team member practices the different roles in lifting a casualty from the water including playing being the casualty

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