RNLI Invergordon respond to injured males in work boat incident.
RNLI Invergordon launched by Aberdeen Coastguard to reports of an injured male and one male which had fell overboard into the water from a work boat during operations in the Cromarty Firth.
Making best speed up to the West towards Dalmore where tugs and work boats were operating to securing concrete caissons to allocated marked locations, which will be used for the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion, when one crew fell overboard from small work boat into the water and the other was struck by a rope.
The crew arrived quickly on scene and transferred 2 casualty trained crew to the work boat where the one male was lying injured with chest pains after being struck by a rope with a full assessment taking place, it was decided a quick evacuation back to Invergordon’s West Harbour was the best cause of action. The second male was uninjured had since changed from wet clothes and was feeling the effects from being in the cold water briefly.
Both casualties were transferred to the Lifeboat which had now come alongside, and once both secure made best speed back to the Port of Cromarty Firth Pilot boat berth which had been vacated so the Scottish Ambulance Service could attend quickly.
The volunteer crew passed over the two males to the care of the awaiting Paramedics before making the short journey across the harbour to the Lifeboat Berth, where the boat was refuelled and made ready for service by 3:45pm.
Reports indicate the injured male was later discharged from hospital with cracked ribs and will make a full recovery.
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