Oban RNLI help yacht in gale eight

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Volunteer crew members of Oban RNLI Lifeboat were called out yesterday afternoon to assist a yacht in difficulty in a strong easterly wind.

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of Oban’s ‘Mora Edith MacDonald’ shortly after 2pm.

A 32ft sailing boat with two persons onboard had encountered issues with their sails at the entrance to Loch Craignish.

A line had snapped preventing them from furling its headsail.

Two people on board were well-equipped but the wind was gusting gale eight (around 40mph) with driving rain on scene.

They decided to keep themselves safe in the cockpit of their boat instead of risking their safety on deck trying to resolve the issue.

Fortunately, they were able to maintain their position under engine until help arrived.

Oban lifeboat arrived at the south end of Loch Craignish, by 3.10pm.

With conditions on scene still poor, a crew member was transferred on board to help assist the crew and the sail was dropped and secured to deck.

With everyone onboard safe and well, the yacht was able to make way under its own
engine and so proceeded towards Ardfern Yacht Centre with the lifeboat standing by.

The lifeboat transferred crew members ashore to assist in securing the yacht.

With the vessel safely alongside by 4pm, the lifeboat departed the scene.

It was the first call out for newest crew member, Jasmin Manning who joined the team of volunteers earlier this year.

Jasmin, a student at the Scottish Association of Marine Science said: ‘I’d not long finished my first exam of the semester when the pagers sounded!

‘I was excited to get out on my first shout.’

The wind was gusting gale eight with driving rain.