Birthday bell for baby born on Oban lifeboat

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A teenager who was born on Oban’s lifeboat has been presented with a commemorative bell from the RNLI for her 18th birthday.

Kerrie MacGillivray, who was born on September 13, 2001, gathered at Oban Lifeboat Station to mark the anniversary, alongside crew members who were on the original shout and midwife Hazel Munro.

They welcomed Kerrie back and presented her with the birthday bell, which is an RNLI tradition.

At 3.34am on September 13, 2001, Oban’s lifeboat crew were paged to collect Kerrie’s mum who was in labour on Mull.

The volunteers launched, with a midwife from Oban hospital on board, and were soon on their way back towards Oban with Kerrie’s mum.

However, before arriving back in Oban, at 6.18am, the population of the lifeboat had increased by a further person, as Kerrie was born at 6.16am just as the lifeboat entered the bay.

In his book, The Story of Oban Lifeboat, Willie Melville writes: ‘On 13th September 2001, Kerrie Hazel MacGillivray made her entry to this world at 06:16 as the lifeboat entered Oban Bay.

‘Midwife Hazel Munro joined the crew on this service (much to the relief of the crew lads who were without crew member Dr Colin Wilson on this occasion) and it was not surprising to find that the baby’s middle name is Hazel.

‘The return to service shows the hon sec’s remarks as “Coxswain and crew suffering from a mixture of elation and shock … all recovered after a bacon roll and a mug of strong tea”.’

The volunteer crew and everyone at Oban RNLI wished Kerrie a very happy 18th birthday and fair seas and following winds for the years to come.