At 7:40pm on Friday 8th February, the Oban Lifeboat, Mora Edith MacDonald, launched to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service in the transfer to Oban of a man from the Glensanda quarry on the Morvern Peninsula.
The remoteness of the quarry is such that there are no road or rail links, the only way in is by water – which, of course, slowed the response when the self-discharging bulk carrier, Yeoman Bontrup, went disastrously on fire at her berth there on 2nde July 2010.
This restricted access situation means that emergencies arising with staff at the quarry require Oban’s volunteer lifeboat crew to assist the Scottish Ambulance service in any evacuation of casualties.
This current incident arose when a man become unwell while he was driving a vehicle on the site.
With no helicopter available, the Scottish Ambulance Service requested the assistance of Oban Lifeboat which launched at 7:40pm and arrived at Glensanda around 40 minutes later.
When they got there, the doctor and paramedics with the Oban crew assessed the condition of the casualty and decided that they needed to transfer him to Oban by lifeboat.
The casualty was brought into Oban and transferred to Oban, Lorn and the Isles District General Hospital.