Alexander McCall Smith, the writer who, amongst much else, created the hugely successful television series, The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, was himself the No 1 agent of assistance to a sailor whose boat was in trouble in Loch Sunart in Morvern today.
McCall Smith records on his Twitter account:
‘While at sea today, I answered a Mayday call. One never expects to hear it but it came from a poor man sinking in Loch Sunart.
‘We steamed to the scene, in minutes there came the Tobermory Lifeboat. They carried out rescue, went aboard, saved him.
‘They were volunteers, the lifeboat crew. People still will risk their lives for others, as they do.’
This must be the shout involving the Tobermory Lifeboat that the Oban Lifeboat press officer refers to in his report, published here a short time ago, of his lifeboat’s shout to distressed divers in the Sound of Mull this afternoon.
That report mentions liasing with two of the crew from the Tobermory lifeboat that had been on a separate should and was then tasked with assisting the dive boat, Fyfe Pioneer, in getting the two divers away for check ups and rehydration.