20th Shout in a busy 2017 for Arran RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Arran RNLI’s busy year continued with two taskings over the previous week to Holy Isle to perform medical evacuations.

At 5.15pm on Wednesday the 18th of October and at 12.10pm on Saturday the 21st of October Arran RNLI’s inshore lifeboat crew had to respond quickly as the pagers sounded.

The Arran RNLI crew assembled and launched the inshore lifeboat Rachel Hedderwick to Holy Isle, to two medical emergencies. On Wednesday the crew had to evacuate a casualty who had injured their hand. The casualty was quickly brought back to Lamlash to awaiting paramedics for treatment. On Saturday the crew had to launch in treacherous conditions to assess and treat a casualty with a suspected broken ankle on the south end of Holy Isle. The Arran RNLI crew went ashore and assessed the casualty arranging for their evacuation by Rescue 999 Search and Rescue helicopter which transferred them swiftly to Crosshouse hospital.

Arran RNLI helm Mark Johnson said “It’s been a busy year so far but the crew all train hard and this is exactly what we train for. Our casualty care training has served us well this week and the work we do with the Search and Rescue teams from Prestwick ensure we are ready to respond to anything.”

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