Oban lifeboat on shout to reported paraglider in distress in Loch Creran

The Oban RNLI lifeboat launched at the request of Stornoway Coastguard shortly after 7pm yesterday evening, 15th March, to reports of a paraglider in difficulty in the water of Loch Creran.
The volunteer crew made best speed to the area, along with Coastguard Rescue helicopter 999.Once on scene a search pattern was established, while the helicopter undertook a search of the shoreline. A local fish farm vessel also offered their assistance.

It was fairly quickly established that the ‘paraglider in difficulty’ was in fact a group of helium balloons floating on the surface.

The report had been a false alarm with good intent.

All in all, this was an interesting first call out with Oban Lifeboat for the new full time mechanic, Tom Kennedy.

With the scene investigated, all craft were stood down.

The lifeboat, Mora Edith Macdonald, returned to station where she was refuelled and made ready for service again by 21.00.

The station has issued thanks to Coastguard Rescue 999 and to the local fish farm boat for their assistance.

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