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Leverburgh Lifeboat tasked to assist with St Kilda cliff rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Leverburgh RNLI’s volunteer crew were paged at 1615 hours yesterday afternoon, to bring members of several Lewis & Harris Coastguard land units to St Kilda, as part of a cliff rescue operation.

Leverburgh's Shannon class lifeboat attends a cliff rescue on St Kilda

RNLI/Catriona MacLennan

Leverburgh's Shannon class lifeboat attends a cliff rescue on St Kilda

The 'Stella and Humfrey Berkeley' and her volunteer crew made the 50 mile journey to the remote archipelago, where an 87 year old male had fallen a considerable distance, down a steep rock face.

On arrival at St Kilda, Stornoway Coastguard helicopter were already on scene with a cliff rescue team, who had begun the task of recovering the casualty. After the casualty had been successfully brought to safety, he was flown to hospital. Leverburgh's volunteer lifeboat crew took the coastguard teams involved in the rescue back to Harris.

The lifeboat was back at the station, re-fuelled and ready for service again by 2300 hours.

This is the furthest distance Leverburgh RNLI’s new Shannon Class lifeboat has travelled for a shout.

All at Leverburgh RNLI would like to wish the casualty well as he recovers from his ordeal.

RNLI media contacts

Catriona MacLennan, Leverburgh Lifeboat Press Officer catmac88@hotmail.com 07827 994354

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

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

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

Leverburgh's Shannon class lifeboat attends a cliff rescue on St Kilda

RNLI/Catriona MacLennan

Leverburgh's Shannon class lifeboat attends a cliff rescue on St Kilda

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