Triple call out in three days for RNLI crew

Oban's volunteer lifeboat crew were called out to this yacht that ran aground near Seil in strong winds

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Oban’s RNLI crew battled winds gusting more than 30mph to reach a grounded yacht near Seil.

Help was needed after the 30ft yacht dragged its anchor and ran aground in the popular anchorage of Puilladobhrain on Friday afternoon with two people onboard.

Both were unharmed but were shaken from the experience. With winds gusting at 35mph and although the yacht had managed to refloat itself, it was decided they should be escorted back to Oban.

On Saturday a yacht got caught up in fishing gear close to the island of Lunga, it eventually  managed to free itself so the lifeboat was stood down on the way and returned to base.

Then on Sunday morning it was action stations again when the lifeboat crew was called on to help transport a passenger, suffering stomach pains, ashore from a yacht in Oban Marina and safely to an ambulance waiting back at the RNLI station.

Oban RNLI has recently seen five call outs in one week.  Coxswain Ally Cerexhe said: ‘We expect to see a continued rise in activity around our coast. Accidents can happen and our volunteers will be ready to answer every call but we remind everyone to follow relevant safety advice for their activity and carry necessary safety equipment.’

To keep rising the profile of the RNLI, anyone who joined in Oban’s record-breaking attempt to knit the most yellow wellies as part of its May Day Campaign is invited to bring them along to the North Pier for a count-up on Monday May 31 at 2pm. There will also be a pop-up stand selling souvenirs and collecting donations.