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Medical Assistance to Merchant Vessel Isle of Lewis in Tobermory Bay

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory lifeboat Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay and the volunteer crew were requested to launch, just after 11am on Saturday 1 October 2016, in order to assist with a medical incident on board the MV Isle of Lewis.

Shortly before 11am the MV Isle of Lewis notified Stornoway coastguard that there was a medical situation on board. A passenger on board was experiencing seizures, and required medical assistance. 

The Tobermory lifeboat volunteer crew launched and made their way over to the pontoons in Tobermory harbour, in order to rendezvous with the local ambulance service and transfer them to the MV Isle of Lewis.

Once aboard, the Tobermory lifeboat made its way to the MV Isle of Lewis at the north end of Tobermory bay. The lifeboat was secured alongside and the two ambulance crew along with a member of the volunteer lifeboat crew transferred across to the MV Isle of Lewis.

As the ambulance crew assessed the casualty aboard the Isle of Lewis the lifeboat stood off until the ambulance crew had carried out the assessment. At which point it was decided to bring the casualty on board the lifeboat and transfer them to the ambulance waiting at Tobermory harbour.

Once alongside at the pontoons in Tobermory harbour, the casualty and the ambulance crew were offloaded then the local ambulance service took charge of the incident. Many thanks to the ambulance crew for their assistance during this incident.

The Tobermory lifeboat returned to the berth and was made ready for service at 12.15pm.

Coxswain: David McHaffie, Mechanic: Creon Carmichael, Crew: Donald Mitchell, Andrew McHaffie, Mhairi MacAdam, Michael Stirling.

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Michael Stirling, Tobermory Lifeboat Press Officer on 07921 515686, or

Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.


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