After five weeks of inactivity, a period of five hours between last night and this morning – 15th December – saw Oban RNLI lifeboat launched on service twice.
in the ﬁrst of these, the Mora Edith Macdonald left Oban at 21.50 last night to pick up a newly-born baby with
Mum and Dad from the Ro-Ro berth at Craignure on Isle of Mull.
The Calmac ferry, Hebrides, stood off until the embarkation had been completed and the lifeboat’s ‘passengers’ were landed in Oban at 23.00 where an ambulance took them up to Lorne and the Isles hospital.
Then the pagers went off again in the small hours and Mora Edith Macdonald was off again at 03.00 to assist the ﬁshing boat, Star of Annan, reported aground off Ardtornish Light in the Sound of Mull.
The ﬁshing vessel, however, had reﬂoated herself when the lifeboat arrived and, with no apparent damage to hull or engine, headed for Oban escorted by the lifeboat, where they arrived at 04.42.
The lifeboat, as is usual this polished crew, was refuelled and ready for service again in short order at 04.46.