Oban lifeboat comes to the aid of two yachts and a fishing vessel

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Oban lifeboat came to the rescue of two yachts and a fishing vessel during a busy period last week, all of which had suffered some kind of mechanical failure.

The first of the three call-outs came on September 8, when the volunteer crew of Oban RNLI were tasked with assisting a yacht with engine failure, which was drifting towards Lady’s Rock, near Lismore.

The Mora Edith MacDonald arrived at the scene at 8.28pm and found the yacht, which had successfully deployed an anchor to hold it off the rocks.

A tow was secured and Oban lifeboat started to transport the vessel towards Dunstaffnage marina where it was secured alongside the pontoons shortly before 10pm.

The following morning, at 11.25am, the crew were back in action to help a 10-metre fishing vessel with steering failure, also near Lismore. A tow line was secured and the boat brought back to Oban.

On Wednesday September 11, the volunteers were again called out to assist a 30ft yacht.

The boat suffered engine failure in Sound of Luing and was at risk of being blown onto rocks in force eight winds.

The yacht, which had two people and a large dog aboard, had suffered full mechanical failure.

An anchor had successfully been deployed and was preventing the yacht from being blown onto the rocks.

Owing to the strong currents, rough seas and high winds, it was decided to tow the vessel to the safety of Oban Marina, arriving at 1.55pm.