Arran RNLI Rescue Vulnerable Swimmer

Lifeboats News Release

Arran’s RNLI crew responds swiftly to reports of a distressed swimmer in Brodick.

At 11.30am on Saturday the 27th of May Arran RNLI’s inshore lifeboat crew had to respond with haste as the pagers sounded to reports of a person in the water in Brodick Bay.

The Arran RNLI crew assembled and launched the inshore lifeboat Rachel Hedderwick to Brodick Bay to come to the assistance of a young man who was reported to be in distress in the water. While on route the Arran RNLI crew were informed by Belfast Coastguard that extra care would need to be taken as the young man was in a vulnerable condition. After arriving on scene and finding the young man holding to the side of a RHIB moored in Brodick Bay the crew assisted the young man into the inshore lifeboat before transporting him ashore to a waiting ambulance team.

Arran RNLI trainee helm Dave Nicholson said “Any time the pager sounds we know we need to respond as quickly as possible, when we find out we’re responding to a person in the water it makes things even more urgent. We’re all thrilled that we managed to get on scene quickly and help the young man out and wish him all the best for a swift recovery.”

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