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Oban RNLI joint exercise with Oban and Appin Coastguard Rescue Teams

Lifeboats News Release

A joint exercise with local Coastguard teams, with the aim to evacuate a casualty from an inaccessible space.

RNLI/Leonie Mead

Oban and Appin Coastguard Rescue Teams on board Oban RNLI lifeboat extracting a casualty from the survivors cabin.

The scenario was a casualty needing evacuation from the survivors cabin onboard the lifeboat. With the survivors cabin located downstairs from the main wheelhouse, extraction up and out through the lifeboat would have proved tricky.

The Coastguard teams planned to test out a new piece of equipment, designed to assist in extracting casualties from inaccessible areas, something that as proved invaluable so far and one that could hugely contribute to our efforts in assisting casualties on board vessels and exposed shorelines.

The equipment set up acted as a pulley system, lifting the casualty vertically through the forward hatch, saving the efforts and man power needed to lift and carry a casualty up and out through the wheelhouse.

Thanks to everyone for coming along, it was an interesting and very useful exercise for all.

RNLI/Leonie Mead

Oban RNLI volunteer crew with Oban and Appin Coastguard Rescue Teams

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