RNLI rescues injured walker at Ganavan

Oban RNLI had to use the lifeboat's smaller craft to reach the injured casualty in shallow waters on the rocky shore at Ganavan.

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An  injured walker on a coastal path near Ganavan has been rescued by Oban RNLI.

The volunteer crew of  the town’s Mora Edith MacDonald lifeboat got the shout at 6.50pm yesterday May 21 to reports a walker had fallen and was hurt.

At the scene, the lifeboat launched its smaller boat  to navigate the
shallow water and two crew members went to shore where the casualty was already in the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Because of the rough coastal path and rocky coastline, it was decided the best way of getting the injured walker to safety would be by lifeboat.

With help from Oban’s Coastguard Rescue Team, the emergency services worked together to transfer the casualty to the lifeboat and back to an ambulance waiting in Oban.

Oban Lifeboat coxswain Ally Crexehe said: ‘This could have been a very different situation had the weather conditions been worse. Luckily for us, the calm weather yesterday allowed us to land our daughter craft in a tricky location, safely evacuating the casualty.

‘With the wet and windy weather forecast for the bank holiday weekend ahead, we’d like to remind everyone to stay safe.

‘While the Government restrictions remain the same in Scotland, we ask that you continue to follow them and take extra care when walking along coastal paths and rocky shorelines.’