Busy weekend for Oban lifeboat

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Oban lifeboat launched last night (Sunday July 16) for the second time this weekend.

At 8.12pm Stornoway Coastguard requested the launch of Oban RNLI lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald to assist with a search, following the finding of a small tender drifting just east of the Connel bridge, with no-one visible on board.

The volunteer crew arrived on scene at the entrance to Loch Etive by 8.38pm and conducted a search of the area and the lower reaches of the loch. Soon after, it became apparent that the owner had been located safely ashore.

With all safe and well Oban lifeboat was requested to stand down and proceeded back to her berth where she was ready for service again by 9.45pm.

On Saturday, the lifeboat was launched to assist a yacht with engine and steering failure east of Insh Island.

The crew was tasked by Stornoway Coastguard at 3.03pm to assist a 22ft yacht with one person on board. It had suffered engine and rudder failure between Insh and Seil Island.

The lifeboat located the vessel by 3.38pm. The motor cruiser Midnight Caller had been standing by until the lifeboat’s arrival. The yacht was soon taken under tow by the lifeboat for Oban and brought safely alongside at Oban Marina by 5.08pm.

Oban lifeboat was back at her berth, refuelled and ready for service again by 5.30pm. Thew thanked Midnight Caller for standing by.