RNLI goes to aid of ves­sel

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

OBAN lifeboat launched on Mon­day July 24 to as­sist a ves­sel just west of Tralee bay.

The launch was the lat­est in a busy pe­riod for the lifeboat, fol­low­ing a num­ber of call-outs last week.

The Mora Edith MacDon­ald was re­quested to launch by Stornoway Coast­guard at 6.54am on Mon­day to help a con­verted fish­ing boat with four peo­ple aboard, which had bro­ken down off Ca­mas Nathais, just to the west of Tralee bay.

The vol­un­teer crew ar­rived on scene by 7.11am and as­sisted with pass­ing a tow to the ves­sel. Once se­cure, the lifeboat pro­ceeded back to­wards Oban where the ves­sel was safely tied up on a moor­ing. Oban lifeboat then re­turned to sta­tion where she was re­fu­elled and ready for ser­vice again by 8.32am.

Last week saw the lifeboat launched to help a yacht which ran aground at the south end of Ker­rera on Tues­day July 18.

At 5.52pm Stornoway Coast­guard re­quested the lifeboat to as­sist the yacht with which had grounded in Cas­tle Bay.

The lifeboat de­parted the berth and ar­rived on scene shortly af­ter at 6.17pm to find the yacht hard aground with a heavy list. The vol­un­teer crew launched the daugh­ter craft to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion. With the tide still fall­ing, the de­ci­sion was made to se­cure the ves­sel and re­turn later once there was enough wa­ter to re­float. The lifeboat then re­turned to sta­tion to wait for the tide to rise enough for the yacht to re­float, launch­ing again a few hours later at 9.30pm.

Once back on scene, the lifeboat’s daugh­ter craft was used to put a crew mem­ber aboard to as­sist the solo yachts­man with the re­float­ing of the ves­sel. She was then taken un­der tow to Oban where she was safely back on her own moor­ing and the owner safely ashore by 11.50pm.

And the Oban lifeboat was out again on Wed­nes­day July 19, with the Tober­mory RNLI crew, to as­sist in a search.

The lifeboats were re­quested by Stornoway Coast­guard at 9.44pm fol­low­ing the ac­ti­va­tion of an EPIRB de­vice to­wards the south-east side of Mull. An EPIRB is an emer­gency de­vice that sends a dis­tress sig­nal.

Oban lifeboat was re­quested to search the area south-east of Mull, with Tober­mory lifeboat search­ing the western side of the is­land. It turned out to be a false alarm

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