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Tobermory lfeboat called to medical emergency off the isle of Ulva

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Tobermory lifeboat were launched at 1048pm Monday 11 April 2016, to a fishing vessel off Ulva with a medical emergency.

At 1048pm on 11 April 2016 the Tobermory lifeboat Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay and volunteer crew launched to assist a fishing vessel with a medical emergency off the island of Ulva. On arrival at the vessels location the Stornoway search and rescue helicopter and another vessel were on scene.
At this point the helicopter paramedic informed the coxswain that there was a deceased casualty on board the fishing vessel. After discussion with the crew of the casualty vessel and the Tobermory lifeboat coxswain, it was decided that two members of the lifeboat crew would stay aboard the fishing vessel and we would escort it back to Mallaig where the police would be on hand to take control of the incident.
After escorting the fishing vessel back to Maillaig the Tobermory lifeboat returned to station, and was made ready for service at 0920am 12 April 2016.
Coxswain: James Fairbairns, Mechanic: Paul Gunn, Crew: Mhairi McAdam, Tony Spilane, Iain Malcolm, Mark Whitaker, Will Thorne.
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