Oban lifeboat assists yacht fouled on creel buoy

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Oban RNLI Lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald launched on Saturday (May 11) afternoon to assist a yacht caught on creel gear near the entrance to Loch Spelve, off the isle of Mull.

Oban lifeboat was requested to launch by UK Coastguard at 4.36pm to assist the sailing boat, which had two people on board, which had become entangled in a creel buoy near the entrance to Loch Spelve.

The volunteer crew left the berth and made best speed to the vessel’s position. On scene by 5pm, Oban lifeboats crew managed to free the yacht from the rope caught around its rudder, by use of a grapple hook carried on board.

Once free, the vessel carried out steering and propulsion checks in case of any damage. With all well, the yacht continued on its intended journey.

Oban lifeboat departed the scene, arriving back at the berth and ready for service again by 5.45pm.