Yacht aground in the Sound of Mull
At 1:09pm on Wednesday 27th April, Stornoway Coastguard requested the launch of Oban RNLI Lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald to assist a yacht aground in Scallastle Bay in the Sound of Mull.
The volunteer crew were paged immediately and the lifeboat was able to leave Oban Bay shortly afterwards. Whilst en route information was received from Stornoway Coastguard that the two sailors on board the yacht had managed to refloat the vessel.
A local boat was standing by awaiting the arrival of the lifeboat in case the vessel began to take on water as a result of the grounding. At 1:35pm Oban lifeboat was alongside the yacht, and as soon as it was ascertained that there was no water ingress, and that the engine and steering were undamaged by the event, the skipper of the yacht was happy to continue on passage to Tobermory.
Oban Lifeboat then returned to station and was ready for service again at 2:25pm.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.