Want to read more?
At the start of the pandemic in March we took the decision to make online access to our news free of charge by taking down our paywall. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income. In order to help safeguard the future of our journalism, the time has now come to reinstate our paywall, However, rest assured that access to all Covid related news will still remain free.
To access all other news will require a subscription, as it did pre-pandemic. The good news is that for the whole of December we will be running a special discounted offer to get 3 months access for the price of one month. Thank you for supporting us during this incredibly challenging time.
We value our content and access to our full site is only available with a subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device. In addition, your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.
Just want to read one issue? No problem you can subscribe for just one week (or longer if you wish).
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.