Yesterday evening, only two hours after its return from towing the Swedish yacht Mjollnir in to Oban Marina – after its engine had failed off Lady’s Rock, south of Lismore, which we reported then, the Oban lifeboat, Mora Edith MacDonald, was out on another shout.
The yacht Zulu Dawn, with three people onboard, had been sailing to the north east of Lismore when it ran aground on a reef between Lismore and Shuna.
The crew of the yacht immediately called Clyde Coastguard for assistance and the Oban lifeboat, Mora Edith Macdonald launched again at 8:15pm.
Despite the efforts of the lifeboat crew – all volunteers – it was not possible to reﬂoat the yacht because the tide was falling.
The crew of the yacht were therefore transferred to the lifeboat and taken to Oban for the night.
At 4.00am this morning the lifeboat relaunched to the same yacht, to attempt to reﬂoat it on the high tide.
This time the crew were successful in towing the yacht off the reef. She appeared to have suffered no major damage after spending the night aground. The lifeboat left her in the care of her crew, who had had a good night’s sleep and returned to Oban – ready for service again at 6:30am.