At 3:47pm this afternoon, Thursday 3rd January, Oban Lifeboat, Mora Edith MacDonald, was called out for the first time in 2013 to assist a jet skier in Achnacree Bay in Loch Etive.
The jet ski had suffered engine failure and was adrift in the loch.
A family member went to the jet ski in his own dinghy and started to tow it back to shore.
When Oban Lifeboat arrived on scene, the jet ski was under tow and only a short distance from a slipway where an Oban Coastguard team were waiting to assist in the recovery of the jet ski.
Once the jet ski had been successfully recovered the lifeboat returned to Oban, where it was refuelled and ready for service again at 5:13pm.
The photographs show the jet ski being towed to shore [top] shortly before the arrival of Oban Lifeboat. The second image [above] shows Oban Lifeboat standing by while the jet ski is being recovered.
As the photographs make clear, the available light at this time of the day just now is little and fast fading. You can barely see the topw in the top shot yet, minutes later, the lifeboat itself is all but invisible in the second shot. And these were not rough conditions. This gives you some idea of what the job of the volunteer lifeboat crews is like.
That’s 2013 inaugurated then. The rest is all ahead of this traditionally busy lifeboat. Happy New Year to Mora Edith Macdonald and her dedicated coxswain and crew.