Aberdeen Lifeboat assists injured harbour pilot on cargo vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Aberdeen's all weather lifeboat 'Bon Accord' was paged at mid-day today, Wednesday 19 December, and launched responding to a request to assist an injured person on board a cargo vessel approaching Aberdeen Harbour entrance.

MV Atlantic, with RNLI casualty care crew on board attending the injured harbour pilot, being escorted to her berth by Aberdeen Lifeboat.

RNLI/Terry McNeill

MV Atlantic, with RNLI casualty care crew on board attending the injured harbour pilot, being escorted to her berth by Aberdeen Lifeboat.

The volunteer crew rendezvoused with the vessel and transferred casualty care crew from the lifeboat to the vessel, where it transpired an Aberdeen Harbour pilot had been injured during transfer from the pilot cutter to the cargo vessel MV Atlantic.

Lifeboat crew members and others cared for the casualty while MV Atlantic, escorted by the lifeboat, proceeded to her berth in Aberdeen Harbour. The casualty, who had a leg injury, was handed over to the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

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