Oban lifeboat evacuates passenger from cruise vessel

Oban Lifeboat

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At around 6pm yesterday (Thursday May 23) the UK Coastguard requested the assistance of Oban lifeboat to carry out a medevac of a female suffering with chest pains from a 22-metre cruise vessel in the Sound of Mull.

The Mora Edith MacDonald launched at 6.10pm and proceeded to the
area at best speed to rendezvous with the vessel. Once on scene, two of the
lifeboat crew trained in casualty care boarded the vessel and carried out an assessment of the woman.

The lady was then transferred to the Oban lifeboat which started back to Oban. The Coastguard rescue helicopter was tasked to airlift the casualty from the lifeboat and transfer her to hospital.

However, after further assessment, it was decided by the lifeboat crew that an airlift would put the casualty under more stress and risk. The decision was therefore made to transport the casualty by road to the helicopter landing site at Lorn and the Islands Hospital in Oban.

The lifeboat was brought alongside its berth where the casualty was met by Oban Coastguard Rescue Team before being transferred to the helicopter for onward transfer to Glasgow for treatment.