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Unconscious diver in need of assistance in the Sound of Mull.

Lifeboats News Release

At 11.52am on Saturday 11 February, the volunteer crew of the Tobermory lifeboat ‘Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay’ was launched by Stornoway Coastguard in response to a report of an unconscious diver in the Sound of Mull.

Tobermory Severn Class Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay

RNLI/Michael (Mick) Stirling

Tobermory Severn Class Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay

On arrival at the casualty the diver was transferred to the Tobermory lifeboat where the casualty was assessed and first aid administered. With the coastguard helicopter on route, the Tobermory lifeboat continued to make its way to Oban.

As the coastguard helicopter arrived overhead, the paramedic was lowered onto the stern deck of the lifeboat. At this point the coastguard paramedic took over the care of the casualty with the assistance of the volunteer lifeboat crew.

After further assessment, it was decided to transfer the casualty to the helicopter, for onward transit to hospital. At which point the Tobermory Lifeboat continued into Oban Bay and transferred the casualties dive buddy onto the pontoons at Oban. Where he was met by the local coastguard volunteers who would transport him to the hospital.

Tobermory Lifeboat mechanic Paul ‘Gunny’ Gunn highlighted “this is where continual training comes to the fore. This was the first shout of the year, the volunteer crew deployed quickly and safely. Immediately preparing the required equipment and allocating responsibilities. So, that on arrival at the casualty vessel, they were ready to provide the assistance needed, in the very professional manner expected from volunteer lifeboat crews.

Crew: Coxswain David McHaffie, Mechanic Paul ‘Gunny’ Gunn, Tony Spillane, Mhairi McAdam, Dave Underwood, Mick Stirling.

RNLI media contacts:

Michael Stirling, Tobermory Lifeboat Press Officer on 07921 515686, Mick_Stirling@rnli.org.uk or stirling9599@gmail.com boat Press Officer on 07921 515686, Mick_Stirling@rnli.org.uk or stirling9599@gmail.com

Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or richard_smith@rnli.org.uk

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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