Lifeboat rescues injured walker

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 on Thursday May 21 to reports a walker had fallen.

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 hurt 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.

‘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.’

Meanwhile 70-year-old RNLI fundraiser Alison Rennie has raised more than £350 so far for Oban’s lifeboat using her daily exercise  up Battleship Hill to climb the same height as Everest’s summit – she expects to make the top by Sunday May 31 with a target of £1,000.

Alison, who is secretary of the Oban RNLI Lifeboat fundraising branch, has set up a justgiving page to do it.

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Oban’s all-weather lifeboat station can cost in the region of £215,000 to run per year.