Oban lifeboat’s busy week continues

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The yacht is taken into an alongside tow to Craobh Haven marina after floating free.
The yacht is taken into an alongside tow to Craobh Haven marina after floating free.

It’s been a busy few days for Oban lifeboat, launching for the third time in five days yesterday (Wednesday July 11).

The Mora Edith MacDonald was requested to launch at 10.42am yesterday following the activation of a distress alert from a yacht with one person aboard, grounded on a submerged rock in Cuan Sound, the narrow channel that separates the islands of Seil and Luing.

The channel, only 100 meters wide at points, is notorious for its strong currents and overfalls. On a spring tide the waters can flow at up to seven knots, more than the engines of most small crafts, making it unnavigable against the tide.

The lifeboat left its berth at 10.55am, arriving on scene by 11.34am, to find another yacht and a workboat standing by. With assistance from the workboat, the yacht was evacuated and the one person aboard brought safely to the lifeboat.

Due to the fast-flowing rising tide, the volunteer crew stood by until 12.05pm when the yacht floated free into deeper water. The lifeboat went alongside, taking the yacht into an alongside tow to Craobh Haven marina, where the vessel was berthed safely alongside the pontoon by 1.10pm.

Oban and Tarbet’s Coastguard Rescue Teams were also on hand to assist.

The lifeboat left the scene at 1.19pm, arriving back along side her berth in Oban, ready for service again by 2.19pm.

This was Oban lifeboat’s 30th call-out this year.