Yacht aground sparks launch of Oban RNLI

Oban Lifeboat crew assisted a yacht that had run aground in Loch Leven.

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Oban RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch yesterday afternoon (Monday August 23) to assist a yacht that had run aground east of the Ballachulish bridge, in Loch Leven.

The volunteer crew of Oban lifeboat launched at the request of UK Coastguard at 4.10pm to assist a 32ft yacht, aground in Loch Leven.

There was concern over water ingress onboard and a local RIB had diverted to assist in transferring the persons onboard, ashore.

The lifeboat made best speed towards the yachts location and arrived on scene by 5.30pm and a crew member was transferred onboard to assess the situation and as there appeared to be water onboard, the lifeboat’s salvage pump was transferred along with another crew member to assist.

With the water ingress under control, the local RIB assisted in transporting the vessel’s owner back onboard. It was then decided that the RIB would tow the yacht to a nearby mooring with the lifeboat standing by.

With the yacht safely secured and everyone safe, the two crew members onboard were transferred back onboard the lifeboat and the volunteer crew departed the scene by 7pm, arriving back in Oban refuelled and ready for service again by 8.30pm.

‘Our thanks go to the local RIB of iPowerboat for their assistance’, said an Oban RNLI spokesperon.