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Macduff lifeboat responds to incident at Macduff Harbour

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew from RNLI Macduff launched at the request of HM Coastguard to assist colleagues from Scottish Ambulance Service who were dealing with an incident at the harbour this evening.

The crew were requested to launch at 5:02 pm on Tuesday 11 July, lifeboat Lydia Macdonald was launched at 5:07 and was immediately on scene in the harbour.

On arrival, the crew found colleagues from Scottish Ambulance Service and local Coastguard stations performing CPR on a middle-aged male who had been recovered from the water in the harbour.

The crew and lifeboat stayed on scene to provide any assistance and safety cover during the incident.

A Coastguard rescue helicopter was called to the harbour, the casualty was airlifted at 5:50 pm and transported to hospital.

The lifeboat was recovered, washed, refuelled and was returned to service at 6:20 pm.

Any further information about this incident will be provided by HM Coastguard or Police Scotland.

Notes for editors

• RNLI Macduff lifeboat Lydia Macdonald is a B class Atlantic 85 which carries 4 crew.
• Lydia Macdonald is unique within the RNLI being the only lifeboat that is launched from a mobile crane. This method of launch allows the lifeboat to be launched from other locations should the need arise.

RNLI media contacts:

Mike Rawlins, Macduff RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07720 288366

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.

Coastguard rescue helicopter winching the casualty from Macduff Harbour. Coastguard vehicle on the road in the foreground

RNLI/Mike Rawlins

Coastguard rescue helicopter hovering over Macduff Harbour ready to winch the casualty

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