RNLI goes to aid of vessel
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