Three call-outs in 24 hours for Oban lifeboat

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The volunteer crew of Oban lifeboat launched three times to separate incidents on Wednesday July 17.

The Mora Edith MacDonald was first called on by UK Coastguard last Wednesday morning to assist in a search of the Sound of Iona after a kayak was discovered the previous evening. The lifeboat launched at 9.53am, returning to station by 12.45pm.

The second call of the day came at 9.07pm when the crew launched to a medical evacuation of a person from Craignure, Isle of Mull. Craignure’s Coastguard Rescue Team helped as the casualty was transferred to the lifeboat and into the care of the crew doctor for the journey back to Oban.

Once back at the lifeboat’s berth, Oban’s Coastguard Rescue Team assisted as the casualty was transferred to an ambulance to be taken to hospital. The lifeboat was made ready for service again by 11pm.

Just five hours after the second shout, the volunteer crew was called upon again. At 4.29am, UK Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat to help evacuate another person from Craignure, Isle of Mull.

The crew departed the berth with two paramedics on board and Craignure’s
Coastguard Rescue Team assisted as the lifeboat berthed alongside at Craignure. The casualty was transferred shortly after and the lifeboat made best speed back to Oban.

With the casualty transferred onto a waiting ambulance, the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service again by 6.15am.