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Islay lifeboat assists evacuation of sick casualty

Lifeboats News Release

Islay RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were asked by Belfast Coastguard Station to assist, if required, at the evacuation by helicopter of an ill male passenger from the cruise ship Boudicca on the afternoon of the 5 September.

Islay RNLI all-weather lifeboat Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit 11 was launched at 12.45pm with a crew of seven on board and aimed to rendezvous with the Boudicca, which was lying seven miles west of Islay, but the rescue helicopter arrived on the scene first. The patient was safely winched aboard it and transferred to hospital in Glasgow.

The lifeboat was asked to stand down at 1.35pm and returned to the station at 2.30pm and was refuelled by

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Heather Dewar, RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer at Islay, on 01496 840600 (H) and Islay lifeboat station on 01496 840608, email

Henry Weaver, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

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