The reason why Oban Lifeboat was tasked by Stornoway Coastguard to transport Police Scotland officers to the Isle of Mull in the small hours of Thursday morning was the saddest possible.
The evening before, Wednesday 28th October, shortly after 8pm, 29 year old Vet, Theresa Wade , was on her way home from work when her van was involved in a fatal collision on the road between Craignure and Fishnish with a Maserati.
Ms Wade died.
The Maserati was driven by a man who, uninjured, refused at the scene to provide a breath test and refused again at a police station later.
The driver, names as Thomas Wainwright, has been charged with dangerous driving and with the two offences of refusing to provide a breath test.
This is very much an island tragedy, with Theresa Wade an island girl who lived on the island with her partner and whose family had previously run a shop in the township of Bunessan on the Ross of Mull.
Updat note: We had been informed by an island source that Ms Wade’s parent ‘run’ a shop in Bunessan. What we were told, but misheard, was that they ‘ran’ a shop there – in the past but no longer. We apologise for this error.