RNLI crews al­ready called to ac­tion

The Oban Times - - News -

IT DID not take long into the new year for Oban’s RNLI lifeboat to be called into ac­tion. In this in­stance, the crew were asked, on Jan­uary 3, to trans­port two paramedics to Lis­more to help an in­di­vid­ual on the is­land.

As it turned out, the air am­bu­lance was also present and air­lifted the ca­su­alty to hos­pi­tal.

This brings into sharp fo­cus the fan­tas­tic work done by vol­un­teer lifeboat crews. Th­ese peo­ple risk their lives in all kinds of dif­fi­cult con­di­tions to help oth­ers. And they are sup­ported, let’s not for­get, by a team on shore as well, who of­ten go un­sung.

Th­ese kind of emer­gen­cies will, in­evitably, be re­peated but let’s hope 2017 is a year with a min­i­mum num­ber of call- outs for the brave crews.

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