Oban lifeboat on exercise

Oban lifeboat goes from exercise with Stornoway Coastguard SAR helicopter to Mayday from yacht drifting near Lismore Light

Oban RNLI lifeboat launched this afternoon [Saturday 7th May] in response to a Mayday call from a yacht close to Lismore light.The lifeboat was requested to launch by Stornoway Coastguard at 15.30 to assist a yacht that had broadcasted a Mayday call in experiencing steering problems close to the Lismore lighthouse.Shortly after the lifeboat arrived on scene, the casualty vessel had managed to engage their emergency steering and was making way towards Dunstaffnage Marina.

The lifeboat station is grateful to the Calmac ferry, Hebridean Isles, which also diverted to assist but was not required at this time.

With the yacht underway, the volunteer crew of Oban lifeboat escorted the vessel, making regular communication checks on VHF radio.

En route, it soon became apparent that one of the yachts crew had become unwell and the decision was made to transfer them to the lifeboat. The lifeboat then proceeded ahead to Dunstaffnage to transfer the casualty to a waiting ambulance.

During this time the casualty vessel was able to berth safely at the marina without assistance.

Oban lifeboat then returned to station where she was refuelled and made ready for service again by 17.45.

Obanlifeboat SAR helicopter exercise

The lifeboat was also out taking part in a training exercise with Stornoway’s Coastguard Search and Rescue [SAR] Helicopter 948 earlier this morning and was back at her berth before the afternoon Mayday call out.

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