Two charged with stealing boat after rescue by RNLI
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.’