Oban’s ‘magnificent seven’ recognised by RNLI

Seven station volunteers for Oban Lifeboat have been recognised with RNLI long service awards after notching up 220 years of voluntary contribution.

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Seven station volunteers for Oban Lifeboat have been recognised with RNLI long service awards after notching up a combined 220 years of voluntary contribution.

Long-service awards have been given out for 50 years, 30 years and 20 years of service, in honour of their dedication and commitment.

Peigi Robertson and Mary Lamont, were both recognised for 50 years of voluntary service to Oban Lifeboat’s fundraising branch.

Peigi Robertson, a volunteer with Oban Lifeboat, is recognised for 50 years of service to the RNLI.

Over the years, they have contributed towards many fundraising events, including the station’s annual open day, coffee mornings and more recently the pop-up shop on the North Pier.

Mike Robertson, chairman of Oban Lifeboat, said: ‘Peigi and her late husband, Malcolm Robertson (no relation) have been good friends since we first met through the lifeboat back in the 1970s, although Peigi had been fundraising for the RNLI even before that.’

‘Malcolm, a marine electronics engineer, was a crew member until 2000; while Peigi has been a member and a past chairperson of the fundraising group for an amazing 50 years – and she is still going strong. Many congratulations!’

Peigi said: ‘So much has changed over the years but the camaraderie within the lifeboat family never changes. I’m always amazed at the generosity of the public, too; if anyone deserves a medal, it’s the people of Oban!’

Ian Henry and Colin Wilson both received the RNLI’s 30 year service award.

Ian, harbour master for Glensanda Quarry, volunteers as a crew member onboard the Mora Edith MacDonald.

Colin retired from his roles as crew member and medical adviser earlier in the year, but continues to serve the station as a deputy launching authority.

RNLI awards 30 years for Colin Wilson.

Crew members Barry MacTaggart and Ian Stevenson along with deputy launching authority Iain Fulton, were also each recognised for 20 years of service.

Barry, a project manager for SSE, first joined Oban lifeboat in 2000. By 2012, he became one of the station’s deputy mechanics.

He said: ‘One of the callouts that sticks in my memory was that of Classic Wave in 2005.’

Three yachtsmen along with one lifeboat crew member were saved as the yacht dramatically sank off the Isle of Kerrera.

At the time, Barry and Ian Henry, each received a framed letter of thanks from the RNLI for their part in the rescue.

Iain Fulton began volunteering for the lifesaving charity at the age of 16 as shore crew with Largs lifeboat station.

A year later, he joined as a crew member onboard their Atlantic 75 lifeboat and by the
age of 21, he had become a helmsman.

RNLI awards Ian Fulton is recognised for 20 years of voluntary service.

A move to Oban in 2011 saw Iain join the crew of Oban lifeboat for a short time, before taking on further roles within the station as press officer and then, his current
role, as DLA.

During their time as crew, the five volunteers have clocked up over 26,500 miles on call outs, spending a total of 2,540 hours on board Oban lifeboat.

The RNLI said its thanks go to each of its volunteers for their ‘incredible service and dedication’ over the years which they all continue to offer.

‘Such commitment, both on board the lifeboat and on dry land ensures our lifeboat remains ready and able to launch when required.’

The special award medal from the RNLI in recognition of voluntary contribution