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Oban RNLI called out to assist with multi agency rescue on Lismore

Lifeboats News Release

Oban RNLI Lifeboat launched for the first time in 2024 (Wednesday 3 January) to assist with a medivac from the island of Lismore.

Library image of crew aboard lifeboat

RNLI/Stephen Lawson

Library image of crew aboard lifeboat

The volunteer crew departed Oban at 4:05pm in their All-Weather lifeboat at the request of HM Coastguard to go to Lismore to assist with the recovery of a casualty, with a suspected broken leg, approximately one mile inland from the pier at Lismore.

Due to the nature of the casualty’s injuries and the distance from the pier the charities lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald departed her berth in Oban with her usual compliment of seven volunteer crew members along with two paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service and five members of the Oban Coastguard Rescue Team on board.

On arrival at the pier at the north end of Lismore, it was discovered that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on Lismore had transferred the casualty from the site of the accident to the landing site beside the Lifeboat.

The casualty was treated on the pier by the paramedics before being brought aboard the Trent class lifeboat for transfer to Oban lifeboat station and then to Oban hospital.

Ally Cerexhe, coxswain would like to extend his thanks to all involved in the service and wishes the casualty a speedy recovery.

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, RNLI Regional Communications Manager for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Tom McGuire, RNLI Regional Communications Manager for Scotland and Ireland, 00353 87 476 4436, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Communications Lead for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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