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Oban lifeboat in two launches today

Today, Saturday 30th April, Oban lifeboat launched twice on different types of mission,

The first came this morning when, following a call from concerned members of the public to Stornoway Coastguard, Oban Lifeboat was tasked to check on a yacht that had been anchored in Puilladobhrain for nearly a week.

The volunteer crew assembled in response to their pagers and the lifeboat departed its berth at 10:52.

However, shortly after doing so, Stornoway Coastguard managed to contact the yacht and were able to confirm that all was well.

The crew of Oban Lifeboat are always happy to respond to incidents such as this – happy to know that there are plenty of people keeping a watchful eye on vessels at sea.

The lifeboat was secured back alongside its berth by 11:10, ready for the next call.

The second shout came at 20.55 this evening – for a medevac, Mora Edith MacDonald, the Oban lifeboat, launched to transport an elderly patient from the Isle of Mull in need of urgent medical assistance.

The five volunteer crew on the lifeboat for this shout were joined by two paramedics.

They arrived at the linkspan in Craignure – photograph above – exactly thirty minutes after leaving Oban; and were met by a waiting ambulance. They took the patient onto the lifeboat for the journey back to Oban, arriving back at the lifeboat station at 22:15.

On arrival back in Oban, the lifeboat was met by another ambulance which completed the transfer to Oban, Lorn and The Isles Hospital.

The lifeboat was then refulled and made ready for service again by 22:30.

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