Hec­tic spell for Mull’s lifeboat

The Oban Times - - News -

IT HAS been a busy fort­night for Tober­mory RNLI’s vol­un­teer crew with seven call- outs, an ex­er­cise with a Royal Navy war­ship ... and a pub quiz to raise funds for the char­ity.

In to­tal, £1,273 was raised for the life-sav­ing Tober­mory lifeboat through its ‘ May­day’ cam­paign.

Tober­mory High School helped to raise £ 380, while street col­lec­tions brought in £713.

The fi­nal event took place on June 4 – a pub quiz in the Mish­nish Ho­tel, which raised £178.

Tober­mory RNLI lifeboat op­er­a­tions man­ager Sam Jones said: ‘This has been a very busy pe­riod for all of our vol­un­teers at the sta­tion, not only for the crew and lifeboat launch au­thor­i­ties but also for our fundrais­ing and shop vol­un­teers.

‘Our crew mem­bers are ready to re­spond to their pagers 24/ 7 but they are only able to launch the lifeboat to as­sist peo­ple in dif­fi­culty be­cause of the ef­forts of our fundrais­ers and shop vol­un­teers, and the gen­eros­ity of those who do­nate to the RNLI.’

The Oban lifeboat Mora Edith MacDon­ald was called out last week (Tues­day) to go to the aid of a yacht near Ker­rera.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened while the RNLI ves­sel was out on a rou­tine train­ing ex­er­cise just off the south end of Ker­rera.

The Coast­guard in Stornoway re­quested as­sis­tance shortly be­fore 7.30pm.

A 14-me­ter sail­ing boat with five peo­ple aboard had broad­cast a ‘pan pan’ re­port­ing a fouled pro­pel­ler in Loch Melfort.

The lifeboat pro­ceeded to the area to find the yacht had been able to sail back and forth across the wind to hold off from any nav­i­ga­tional dan­gers.

On scene by 8.10pm, the lifeboat quickly es­tab­lished a tow with the ves­sel and pro­ceeded to the safety of Craobh Haven Ma­rina.

With the ves­sel safely along­side by 9.15pm, Oban lifeboat was free to re­turn to sta­tion and was made ready for ser­vice again by 10.35pm.

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