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Karen MunroVolunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The cargo vessel was able to lower the casualty onto the lifeboat using a basket stretcher
Lifeboats News Release
Thurso Lifeboat was tasked to carry out a medevac from a cargo vessel after a crewman took ill during a transatlantic journey.
The medevac request was received on Thursday 16 August from Port Services who were concerned for the welfare of the crewman but his condition was not urgent enough for him to be airlifted and at that time the vessel was still in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Taylors RNLI lifeboat launched 36hrs later in flat sea conditions just after midnight on Saturday (18 August) morning with a doctor on board and the crew rendezvoused with the cargo vessel Atlantic Mermaid on the outskirts of Thurso Bay.
The cargo vessel was able to lower the casualty onto the lifeboat using a basket stretcher where the crew were able to take him safely ashore where an ambulance was waiting to transport him to hospital. No further details were available on the crewman’s condition.
Photo Caption: This picture shows the basket stretcher being lowered into action.
RNLI Media Contacts: Karen Munro, volunteer lifeboat press officer for Thurso, 07815 622596.
Download Thurso assist with a medevac
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