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Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI called to extract a casualty from Eilean Donan Castle

Lifeboats News Release

Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI's volunteer crew were paged at 5:43pm Saturday 3rd June, to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service transport a casualty with a suspected broken ankle from the shoreline of Eilean Donan Castle

Carrying Casualty with a suspected broken ankle to the lifeboat

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Carrying Casualty to the lifeboat

Kyle lifeboat Spirit of Fred. Olsen launched at 5:56pm, after the Scottish Ambulance Service had requested assistance to extract the 48 year old male who had fallen on rocks, and had suffered a suspected fractured ankle.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 6:04pm, and two lifeboat crew members were put ashore to liaise with the ambulance crew. It was decided that the lifeboat would transport the casualty from the castle island to the slipway at Dornie hall, where he could be safely transferred to the ambulance. After the casualty was strapped into the stretcher, he was carried onto the lifeboat and taken the short distance to the slipway where he was then transferred up to the waiting ambulance at 6:40pm.

The lifeboat then returned to Kyle and was refuelled and made ready for service by 7:20pm.

Speaking of the incident, one of the crew said: ‘Due to the location of the casualty it was decided the safest way to get him to the ambulance was for us to transport him, however it was a tricky spot to get the lifeboat into and out of, and was made all the trickier by the rapidly receding tide’.

Notes to editors:

  • The main picture shows the Casualty being carried onto the lifeboat in the stretcher (please credit to Kyle RNLI)
  • The second picture shows the Casualty on the lifeboat (please credit to Kyle RNLI)
  • The third picture shows the Casualty being carried off the lifeboat to the waiting ambulance (please credit to Kyle RNLI)
  • There is video footage of the incident available

RNLI media contacts:

Andrew MacDonald, Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07748 707606 or

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.

Casualty with a suspected broken ankle on the lifeboat

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Casualty on the lifeboat
Carrying Casualty with a suspected broken ankle off the lifeboat to the ambulance

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Casualty being carried off the lifeboat

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