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Stromness Lifeboat called out to rescue man fallen from cliff top

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat crew were paged at 1430 today to go to Yesnaby after reports of a person falling into the water from the cliff top.

The inflatable Y boat approaches the cliffs

RNLI/David Bowdler

Approaching the cliffs at Yesnaby
The lifeboat arrived 15 minutes later and the inflatable Y boat was launched. The Coastguard had a person on the cliff top who directed the Y boat to the casualty who was taken onboard and transferred to the main lifeboat.

The lifeboat immediately set off for Stromness and collected a Coastguard Paramedic who was lowered from a helicopter off the Black Craig.

The lifeboat returned to Stromness harbour a few minutes later and was met by Coastguard and medical teams.

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