Oil spills into Oban Bay after fishing boat sinks

Fishing boat tt272 Flying Fish sits under water next to the railway pier oban where Coastguard hv a cordon to try and stop spillage from the striken vessell picture kevin mcglynn

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Oil is spilling from a fishing boat sunk deep alongside Oban’s Railway pier.

The town’s lifeboat was called out by the UK Coastguard at 5.23am today  to reports of a 10 metre fishing vessel which had sunk.

When the lifeboat with seven crew onboard got to the 10 metre boat it was decided it was too deep down to be salvaged.

To keep other boats safe, the lifeboat crew recovered debris from the water and another fishing boat tied alongside the sunken vessel was moved to save it from damage.

Coastguard teams deployed anti-pollution booms to limit any environmental impact from leaking diesel and oil.

Part of the Railway Pier has been cordoned off to pedestrians as efforts to prevent more harm from pollution continue.

A CalMac spokesman said: ‘Fuel seepage from the stricken fishing vessel in Oban harbour Current status is being contained and absorbed by deployed booms. We believe that plans are still being assessed by contractors to recover the vessel. There has been no impact on ferry services in and out of Oban harbour.’