Flare sighting sparks rescue response

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A flare sighting near Connel Bridge triggered a massive emergency turnout on Sunday.

Oban lifeboat launched at about 2pm after reports of a possible sighting of a red light in the sky and were joined by fire crews and the coastguard.

After a search of the area and further into Loch Etive nothing was found and the response teams were stood down.

This marks the 70th call out of the year for Oban lifeboat, which is turning out to be one of the busiest years since the Trent class lifeboat arrived at the station in 1997.

Oban lifeboat has a reputation as being one of the busiest single all-weather lifeboat stations in Scotland.