Stonehaven RNLI launch to reports of a casualty at Newton Hill

Lifeboats News Release

When the pagers went off at 2132 hrs (23 June), the volunteer crew responded and launched the Inshore Lifeboat, Jack & Joyce Burcombe to Newtonhill Bay, at the request of the UK Coastguard.

There was a report of a person falling down the cliff. The Coastguards from Stonehaven and Montrose were on scene and requested the help of the lifeboat.

On arrival at the scene at 2203hrs, the volunteer crew went ashore to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service with the female casualty. She had been climbing as part of a climbing team and had stumbled and fallen backwards onto the rocks. She was assessed by paramedics and the crew, and it was agreed the casualty required to be evacuated from the scene. She was immobilised at the scene, and Helicopter Rescue 951 launched from Inverness, arriving at 2300hrs. At this time her injuries were thought to be non-life threatening. The casualty was winched aboard the helicopter and at 2343 hrs Rescue 951 headed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with the casualty and her partner. The lifeboat was back on station at 0015hrs.

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