Two charged with steal­ing boat af­ter res­cue by RNLI

The Oban Times - - News -

TWO men who had to be res­cued by Oban RNLI have been charged with steal­ing a boat from the Cor­ran Es­planade.

The RIB-type boat was taken from the es­planade be­tween Satur­day night, June 10, and the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing.

The 19-year- old and 22-yearold then had to spend the re­main­der of the night on the un­in­hab­ited Creag Is­lands af­ter the boat ran out of fuel.

They re­mained there un­til 11.30am on Sun­day June 11, when an­other ves­sel dis­cov­ered them.

The boat was sub­se­quently taken un­der tow towards Oban, but due to the wet and breezy con­di­tions and the or­deal, Oban RNLI was tasked with get­ting them back to shore as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Oban lifeboat met the two ves­sels at Maiden Is­land just out­side Oban Bay and took the two men on­board.

They were quickly taken back to the lifeboat slip where an am­bu­lance was wait­ing to check them over.

Both men ap­peared to be shaken and were suf­fer­ing from hy­pother­mia, but should suf­fer no long-last­ing ef­fects.

A po­lice spokesman said: ‘Be­tween 8pm on Satur­day June 10, and 10am on Sun­day June 11, a moored RIB-type boat was al­legedly stolen from the Cor­ran Es­planade, Oban.

‘Two men, aged 19 and 22 years, were found in the boat near the Isle of Ker­rera by the Coast­guard and taken to hos­pi­tal to be checked over.

‘The men will be the sub­ject of a re­port to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal.’

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