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Troon lifeboat launches to assist with patient transfer from Rothesay

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.03pm on Thursday 11 January 2018, the pagers of Troon lifeboat crew were activated by Belfast Coastguard requesting the assistance of the all-weather lifeboat with a medical transfer from Rothesay.

Troon all-weather approaching the ferry terminal ready to transfer the casualty

HM Coastguard/SteveMuldoon

Troon all-weather approaching the ferry terminal ready to transfer the casualty

Due to the foggy weather conditions on-scene, a helicopter transfer wasn’t possible and a request had been made by the Scottish Ambulance Service to the Coastguard for assistance.

The volunteer crew soon launched the Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat to assist.

Whilst the all-weather lifeboat was on route, Largs lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat, Atlantic 85 R A Wilson to convey to Rothesay additional medical personnel from the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS), who would be responsible for the care of the patient during the transfer.

Shortly after midnight, the patient and medical team were transferred to the all-weather lifeboat with the assistance of the Rothesay Coastguard Rescue Team.

After a short passage to the Wemyss Bay ferry terminal, assisted by staff from Caledonian MacBrayne and the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team, the patient and medical team were transferred ashore to ambulance for their onward journey to hospital.

RNLI Media Contacts: Andrew Limond, volunteer lifeboat press officer at Troon, 07535 432927, 01292 314414 lifeboattroon@gmail.com

Henry Weaver, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

With the patient safely ashore, the lifeboat stood down and returned to station where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ‘Ready for Service.’

roon all-weather approaching the ferry terminal ready to transfer the casualty

HM Coastguard/SteveMuldoon

Troon all-weather approaching the ferry terminal ready to transfer the casualty

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