Tobermory RNLI in multi-agency operation to assist injured fisherman

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI’s weekly training was interrupted on Tuesday 29 January 2019 by a request from the Scottish Ambulance Service to assist an injured fisherman on a fishing boat alongside the Cal Mac pier.

Multi agency operation to assist injured fisherman

RNLI/Leanne Blair

Multi agency operation to assist injured fisherman

Tobermory Coastguard Rescue Team was already on the scene. Conditions were bitterly cold with snow showers. Fortunately, the crew had cleared snow from the deck of their Severn class all weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey. The lifeboat went alongside the fishing boat and the lifeboat crew assisted coastguards to transfer the injured man onto the lifeboat. The lifeboat then made her way to the Tobermory harbour pontoons where the injured man was transferred into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service. The man was then transferred to Stornoway Coastguard’s search and rescue helicopter at a landing site close to Tobermory High School which had been prepared by Tobermory and Craignure Coastguard Rescue Teams.

Coxswain David McHaffie said: ‘This was a real joint effort by all of the agencies involved. We’re pleased to hear that the fisherman has not been seriously injured and we all wish him well with his recovery.’

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Multi agency operation to assist injured fisherman

RNLI/Sam Jones

Multi agency operation to assist injured fisherman

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