Cargo ship call out for Oban lifeboat

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A 3,000 tonne cargo ship with a fouled propeller called out Oban lifeboat last night, October 21.

It happened just before 9.30pm in a location west of Insh Island near Seil and the lifeboat launched soon after.

It was understood that the 90 meter vessel was able to keep a slow speed under its own power while the lifeboat made its  best speed towards the ship’s location.

On route, the coastguard told the volunteer crew that the ship had freed the propeller and was continuing on passage without help.

As the lifeboat was close to the scene at this point, the decision was made to stand by for a short time in case there were further difficulties.

Fortunately all was well and the lifeboat crew returned to station shortly after.

This was the first call out for Dr Colin Wilson in his new volunteer role as Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) standing in for the station’s Lifeboat Operations Manager when required. Authorising the launch of the lifeboat as requested by the coastguard, sees Colin on call 24/7 when needed, joining the station’s other DLAs Iain Fulton and David Graham.