Oban lifeboat tows fire-stricken vessel to safety

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Oban lifeboat launched this afternoon to assist a 40-metre vessel that suffered an engine fire.

While the RNLI volunteer crew were making their way to the fish carrier, they were alerted that the fire had been extinguished and no one was injured, but the vessel had suffered full engine failure.

The CalMac ferry, MV Isle of Mull, diverted course to stand by, along with a local work boat which had already attempted to set up a tow.

The lifeboat arrived on scene by 2.21pm to find the 500-tonne Ronja Skye situated west of Lismore lighthouse and in danger of drifting closer to shore.

Oban RNLI established a tow and proceeded to a safe area for the Ronja Skye to drop anchor to allow for repairs.

With the vessel safe, Oban lifeboat was free to stand down, arriving back at her temporary berth and ready for service again by 4.30pm.

The crew thanked other vessels in the area for standing by.