Training exercise escalates into medical incident with open water swimmers.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Tobermory Severn Class Lifeboat ‘Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay’ set off for a weekend training exercise in the Isle Mull. By the afternoon, they have assisted two open water swimmers at Lochaline.

Swimmer passes Tobermory Lifeboat on way to the finish line

RNLI/Michael (Mick) Stirling

Swimmer passes Tobermory Lifeboat on way to the finish line

It was intended to be a routine training exercise combined with showing a presence for the open water swim from Fishnish on the Isle of Mull to Lochaline on mainland Scotland.

As the crew departed Tobermory and made their way south down the Sound of Mull to Lochaline all was going as planned. The swimmers and the safety craft were spotted as we were just north of Lochaline. Passing safely around the last of the safety kayaks and onto the wood pier at Lochaline.

Whilst alongside we watched the hardy group passing the Lifeboat to complete the 2.4KM swim across the Sound of mull. One of the safety craft approached and informed they had a swimmer who had succumbed to the cold and requested our assistance.

The swimmer was taken on board the Tobermory lifeboat where the volunteer crew carried out casualty care, as the crew continued to treat the swimmer a second swimmer was also taken on board again having succumbed to the cold. Stornoway coastguard tasked the Scottish ambulance service to the scene.

One the Scottish ambulance service arrived the two swimmers were handed over to their care, and the Tobermory Lifeboat and volunteer crew returned to the berth in Tobermory harbour.

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Michael Stirling, Tobermory Lifeboat Press Officer on 07921 515686, or boat Press Officer on 07921 515686, 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,

Returning to tobermory

RNLI/Michael (Mick) Stirling

Returning to Tobermory

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