Liferaft found drifting in the Sound of Mull

The volunteer crew quickly discovered the object was a partially deflated liferaft with nobody onboard.
The volunteer crew quickly discovered the object was a partially deflated liferaft with nobody onboard.

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Oban lifeboat was called out yesterday (Tuesday February 4) after reports of an object drifting in the Sound of Mull.

A search was launched involving Oban RNLI , and Craignure and Tobermory Coastguard Rescue Team.

At 3.40pm today the UK Coastguard requested the launch of Oban lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald following reports of an object, believed to be a liferaft or possibly a person in a survival suit, floating in the water in Craignure Bay. The location was given as just South of the CalMac linkspan.

The volunteer crew quickly discovered the object was a partially deflated liferaft with nobody onboard.

Due to the volume of water contained within the liferaft, recovery was going to be a challenge. The decision was therefore made to tow it to the linkspan where it was recovered with the assistance of Craignure and Tobermory Coastguard Rescue Teams. Oban lifeboat was then able to return to station.

It was subsequently discovered that this liferaft had been reported missing in the Loch Linnhe area the previous week.