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Oban lifeboat spends five hours at sea during two separate incidents

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Oban RNLI lifeboat were at sea for five hours today during two separate incidents.

Shortly after 10am this morning (Thursday 6 October) the volunteer crew of Oban RNLI lifeboat were requested to join Coastguard rescue teams searching for a missing person in the area around Ballachulish and Loch Leven.  The lifeboat arrived on scene at around 11:25am and commenced a search of the area. After around ninety minutes, Stornoway Coastguard made the decision to release Oban lLifeboat from the search, with the Coastguard teams remaining to continue a shore search.

During the return journey to Oban, whilst the lifeboat was approaching Maiden Island at the north entrance to Oban Bay, Stornoway Coastguard contacted the lifeboat to make the volunteer crew aware of a dive RIB that was approaching Oban from the South. The RIB had one person on board suspected of suffering from decompression sickness, commonly known as "the bends". The lifeboat met the vessel at it's berth and then assisted the diver into a waiting ambulance.

RNLI media contacts

Iain Fulton, Oban Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07855 555539
Email: press@obanlifeboat.co.uk

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