Oban Lifeboat on two shouts in six hours

Oban lifeboat launched at 0600 this morning to join in the search for an American tourist who had been reported overdue in returning to his accommodation on the Isle of Mull.

He was thought to be walking in the Carsaig Arches area on the South coast of the island and Coastguard teams  were also searching.

A Sea King Search and Rescue helicopter had to return to base at Prestwick because of poor visibility.

Just as further search teams were preparing to set off, the missing hiker turned up, having found his own way down to the shore.

The lifeboat, the Mora Edith Macdonald, returned to Oban and was ready for service again at 0820.

She didn’t have to wait long before she was launched again  -  this time at 1115 when she was called out to attend the 38ft. Westerly Ocean Ranger yacht, Alcuin, which had suffered mechanical failure with six people on board.

]The lifeboat met the casualty at the South end of the Sound of Kerrera, set up a tow and took her to Oban Marina before returning to station where she was made ready for service again by 1245.

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