Oban lifeboat launches in hunt for missing divers

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Oban RNLI Lifeboat, Mora Edith MacDonald, launched on service this afternoon (Tuesday March 19) following reports of two divers missing from a dive vessel, which had also suffered engine failure, in the Sound of Kerrera.

Oban lifeboat launched at 1.03pm, leaving the berth within minutes of the call with its crew of seven, to search for the pair who had not returned to their dive vessel. The vessel which had three persons on board, had also suffered engine failure and was adrift just north of Heather Island in the Sound of Kerrera.

Arriving on scene shortly after, a search was started and thankfully, the two divers were located close to the shore.

Made visible by their surface marker buoys, they were immediately recovered onboard the lifeboat and checked over, with no medical attention required.

Returning to the dive boat, the three persons on board were also recovered on to the lifeboat and a tow was established with the RIB. The vessel was taken under tow to Dunstaffnage, arriving alongside by 2.05pm.

All persons were safe and well, and were landed safely ashore and assisted by Oban’s Coastguard Rescue Team.

Oban lifeboat left the scene at 2.13pm, returning to station and ready for service again by 2.40pm.