Lifeboat volunteers mark milestone callouts

RNLI volunteer crew Leonie Mead and James Hardie have notched up 400 call outs between them

Want to read more?

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).

Already a subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Oban’s lifeboat was launched twice in 12 hours at the weekend, with two of its volunteers notching up 400 calls between them.

Crew volunteers James Hardie and Leonie Mead were involved in a medical evacuation from Mull before being called out again just after noon on Sunday when a RIB with four people on board broke down in Loch Etive.

As they reached Loch Etive, the RIB reported a workboat was giving them a tow so the lifeboat was able to head back to the station.

The RIB incident marked James’s 300th and Leonie’s 100th call outs since they joined the lifesaving charity.

James, one of the station’s deputy coxswains, has been a volunteer for Oban lifeboat for 10 years, while Leonie who also volunteers as the station’s press officer, first stepped onboard the lifeboat as a crew member in 2017.

Caption: RNLI volunteer crew Leonie Mead and James Hardie have notched up 400 call outs between them
NO_T28_rnlicrew