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Fourth shout in a week as Arran RNLI rescues injured cyclist.

Lifeboats News Release

At 10.05am on Tuesday 25 July the Arran RNLI Lifeboat crew were paged to their fourth shout in a week as they were called to rescue an injured cyclist.

Arran RNLI in-shore lifeboat Rachel Hedderwick launched at 10.25am making their way to Laggan Cottage on the NE coast of Arran to aid a cyclist with multiple reported injuries.

When they arrived on scene the lifeboat crew assessed the casualty suspecting they had both a broken ankle and dislocated elbow along with shoulder injuries.

After making the casualty as comfortable as possible and securing them in the lifeboats basket stretcher the casualty was then evacuated by lifeboat to the Lochranza pontoon to meet the waiting ambulance crew.

After transferring the casualty to the ambulance, the lifeboat crew returned to Laggan Cottage to assist the casualties two companions, taking them and their three bicycles to Brodick to ensure they could meet the ferry and a connecting flight.

Arran RNLI helm Mark Nelson said “These kinds of accidents can happen to anyone and the crew and myself are all well trained to respond and offer assistance to people in these situations. Being able to evacuate our casualty to our colleagues in the ambulance service and ensure his friends made it to their ferry on time hopefully gave everyone involved two positives from an otherwise traumatic experience.”

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