Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI assist the ambulance service with a 92 year old casualty

Lifeboats News Release

Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI's volunteer crew were paged at 7:33pm Sunday 11 June, to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service with the extraction of an elderly casualty with a suspected fractured hip from Fernaig

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Kyle lifeboat Spirit of Fred. Olsen launched at 7:40pm and arrived on scene at 7:50pm, where the Scottish Ambulance Service and Kyle Coastguard teams were already with the casualty. The 92 year old female had fallen in a house on the remote Fernaig shore, and due to the location, the closest the ambulance could get to the house was approximately 1 mile away.

The lifeboat put 2 crew members ashore to liaise with the paramedics and Coastguard teams, and it was decided that due to the choppy sea conditions along with the wet and cold weather and age of the casualty, it was best not to evacuate her by sea. Therefore, the casualty was loaded into the lifeboat stretcher before being slowly transported down the rough road in the back of a Coastguard off road vehicle.

The lifeboat crew assisted with the transport and transfer into the ambulance, before making their way back along the road to the shore and the waiting lifeboat.

The lifeboat then returned to Kyle at 9:20pm

Notes to editors:

  • Please credit photo to Kyle RNLI
  • For further information on the casualty, please contact the Scottish Ambulance Service


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Andrew MacDonald, Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07748 707606 or montuba@gmail.com

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Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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