This evening, Wednesday 30th January, the Oban Lifeboat, Mora Edith MacDonald, launched into a Force 8-9 storm to evacuate an elderly woman from the Isle of Mull.
At 1855 Oban Lifeboat was requested to launch with two paramedics onboard to carry out a medevac of a woman in her nineties from the Isle of Mull.
The elderly lady had developed a medical condition which required immediate treatment in Oban.
Because of the gale force conditions, the CalMac ferry which would normally be used to transfer patients, was unable to make the crossing.
With typical understatement, Coxswain John Hill says: ‘The crossing would normally take around 35 minutes, however with winds reaching gale force 8-9, it took considerably longer on this occasion.’
The woman was taken ashore in Oban at 2050 and was transferred to Oban, Lorne and the Isles Hospital where she is currently undergoing treatment.
The timescales involved here look as if the passage took the lifeboat almost twice as long as usual. The dedicated crew of volunteers and the two paramedics who accompanied them to look after the patient during what can only have been a tough transfer, deserve universal respect for the value they attach to life.