[Update below – one fatality] Shortly after 10:30 today, Saturday 23rd April, Stornoway Coastguard requested the launch of the Oban RNLI Lifeboat, Mora Edith MacDonald, to transfer three divers suspected of having decompression sickness [known as ‘the bends’] near Salen in the Sound of Mull.
Oban Lifeboat arrived on scene at 11:32, with the three divers then transferred to the lifeboat.
The divers were suspected of having decompression sickness following too rapid an ascent as the result of an emergency whilst underwater.
Upon arrival back in Oban the divers were taken by a waiting ambulance for further treatment in a hyperbaric chamber.
The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service at 13:50.
Update: It has emerged that one of the three divers concerned died at the scene – they were diving on the wreck of the Rondo, one of the popular wreck dives in the Sound of Mull – and a tricky one, lying at a steep downward angle at almost 200 ft down.
The other two divers who were treated in the hyperbaric facility at Lorn and the Islands District General Hospital and have since been released.