Lifeboat launches to report of kayaker in difficulty

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A report of a kayaker in difficulty sparked a rescue alert.

Oban’s lifeboat and other vessels headed out to Ardmucknish bay on Thursday November 26 after a member of the public on the shore reported seeing a kayaker in need of help.

The emergency response followed the Coastguard’s Pan Pan alert calling for all assistance to help search the area.

Oban’s Coastguard Rescue Team were also conducting shoreline searches. With nothing
immediately found, the lifeboat proceeded into Loch Etive to investigate an object raising concern that turned out to be a mooring buoy partly submerged by the strong tide flooding into the loch.

The volunteer lifeboat crew carried out another search within the loch, while the remaining vessels searched further out with Ardmucknish Bay. With nothing found, all vessels were requested to stand down one hour later by 3.10pm.

A lifeboat spokesperson said: ‘Our thanks to the vessels in the area that responded and offered their assistance during the search. Although this turned out to be a false alarm with good intent, the outcome could have been very different. If you see someone in difficulty, remember to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’