Oban Lifeboat responds to dive emergency

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Oban Lifeboat responds to dive emergency in the Sound of Mull

   john hill            

At 10:39am on Saturday April 23, Stornoway Coastguard requested the launch of Oban RNLI Lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald to respond to divers suspected of having decompression sickness known as the bends near Salen in the Sound of Mull.

The divers had been diving on the wreck of the Rondo which sank in January 1935 afters it’s anchor chain snapped during a storm which drove the ship onto the rocks at Dearg Sgeir just off Salen.

Oban Lifeboat arrived on scene at 11:32am. The divers were suspected of having decompression sickness following a rapid ascent as the result of an emergency whilst underwater and were therefore taken back to Oban on board the lifeboat.

Upon arrival back in Oban the divers were taken by a waiting ambulance for further treatment.

The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service at 1:50pm