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Arbroath lifeboats evacuate ill fisherman

Lifeboats News Release

Both Arbroath lifeboats were launched yesterday evening (8th June) to assist in the evacuation of a crewman that had taken ill on board a fishing boat located close to the Bell Rock lighthouse.

A request for lifeboat assistance was received from HM Coastguard at 8.50pm and both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats were quickly launched.

Once on scene, the RNLI volunteers transferred the casualty from the fishing boat to the all-weather lifeboat, Inchcape, and he was brought back to Arbroath harbour before being transferred into the care of waiting ambulance crew.

RNLI media contacts

Rod McLean, Arbroath volunteer lifeboat press officer, 07850 255360, email Rod_McLean@rnli.org.uk

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 07786 668903, email Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 07771 943026, email henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

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