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Portree Lifeboat Launched to Sea Cloud II with a passenger with chest pains

Lifeboats News Release

The Trent class all-weather lifeboat 14-16, Stanley Watson Barker was launched to the cruise ship, Sea Cloud II, as an 83 year old female with chest pains required to be taken to a hospital.

The Portree lifeboat was paged to crew assemble at 5:20pm on Wednesday 27 July 2016, to assist the Sea Cloud II, to take an elderly female from the ship to a waiting ambulance on Portree Harbour.
 
Portree lifeboat contacted the ship and as the size of the ship was too large to be accommodated within the harbour, it was decided to launch the lifeboat and collect the female in the Sound of Raasay. After transferring the casualty and her 60 yr old daughter onto the lifeboat, they were taken to the awaiting ambulance on Portree Harbour and onward to hospital. Her condition is unknown to the lifeboat crew at this time.
 
Hamish Corrigall, RNLI Coxswain for Portree’s RNLI Lifeboat, says: ‘As we approached the ship, it was obvious this was going to be a transfer which required a high degree of manoeuvrability. The ship had lowered a gang plank on its port side but was unsuitable for the lifeboat to attach for the transfer.’t was unsuitable for the lifeboat to attach for the transfer.’


Notes to editors
• Portree lifeboat station has been operating since 1991. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/portree 
• Coxwain Hamish Corrigall is available for interview
• A video of Portree’s Trent lifeboat can be viewed at www.rnli.org.uk/who_we_are/press_centre/videos/video_detail?articleid=321824&category=&region=&listing=
• A photo of Portree’s Trent lifeboat can be viewed at www.rnli.org.uk/who_we_are/press_centre/photos/photo_detail?articleid=321704

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