Oban Lifeboat launched to search for overdue dinghies

Just before 6 p.m. last night, 20th December, the Oban lifeboat, Mora Edith Macdonald, answered a Mayday call advising that two small open boats with one person in each were overdue at a  fish farm in Loch Melfort.

The lifeboat launched at 17.48 into a SSW. wind of about Force 7 but was recalled shortly afterwards.

The missing boats had been found on the North side of the loch. One person was in need of medical attention and an ambulance had been requested to attend.

Oban lifeboat’s last service call was on 30th October, an unprecedented gap of some 7 weeks between ‘shouts’ for a lifeboat that is one of Scotland’s busiest.

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