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Leverburgh's New Shannon attends first shout

Lifeboats News Release

Leverburgh RNLI’s volunteer crew were paged at 0724 hours yesterday morning to assist a female with a back injury on board a yacht, north of Lochmaddy, North Uist.

The 12m vessel had 2 passengers on board. On arrival at the scene, and following a full assessment of the casualty’s injuries, the yacht was taken under tow to the safety of Lochmaddy Harbour.

The casualty was then transferred ashore via stretcher, with the assistance of the Griminish Coastguard Land Unit. Once ashore, the woman was transferred to the local GP practice by the Coastguard.

The Lifeboat was back on station, re-fuelled and ready for service again by 1015 hours.

Leverburgh RNLI would like to wish the casualty well in her recovery. Thanks also goes to the Lochmaddy Hotel for the kind hospitality shown to our crew whilst in the area.

This is the first shout for Leverburgh’s new £2.2m Shannon Class Lifeboat, RNLB Stella and Humfrey Berkeley which went on service on 2nd May.

More info on the Shannon class can be found here: https://rnli.org/what-we-do/lifeboats-and-stations/our-lifeboat-fleet/shannon-class-lifeboat

Leverburgh RNLI prepare to take the 12m yacht under tow. Both boats side by side at sea.

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Leverburgh RNLI prepare to take the 12m yacht under tow
Leverburgh RNLI prepare to take the 12m yacht under tow. Both boats side by side at sea.

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Leverburgh RNLI prepare to take the 12m yacht under tow
The 12m yacht, which had the injured female on board, safely alongside in Lochmaddy, with Leverburgh Lifeboat beside her.

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The 12m yacht, which had the injured female on board, safely alongside in Lochmaddy.

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