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Tobermory RNLI's volunteer crew assists seriously ill diver in the Sound of Mull

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI's volunteer crew went to the assistance of a seriously ill diver in the Sound of Mull on Monday 23rd October.

Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat

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Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat

The volunteer crew launched Tobermory's Severn class lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, shortly before 10.30am and made best possible speed to the dive boat in the Sound of Mull. The casualty and his 'dive buddy' were transferred to the lifeboat where he was given casualty care by the RNLI volunteers. Due to the serious nature of his condition, the casualty was winched into the UK Coastguard's search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 199 from Prestwick and taken to Oban Hospital. Tobermory RNLI lifeboat proceeded to Oban to drop off the casualty's dive buddy at Oban lifeboat station. The volunteer crew returned to Tobermory where the lifeboat was made ready for service shortly before 2pm.

Tobermory RNLI Coxswain David McHaffie said: 'Our crew behaved extremely professionally in very difficult circumstances. Our thoughts are with the gentleman's family and friends at this very sad time.'

Notes to editors

For further information, please contact Tobermory RNLI's Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dr Sam Jones on 07747 601900 or samantha_jones@rnli.org.uk or Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Officer for Scotland on 01738 642956 or gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk.

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