Lifeboat launches to assist man after cliff fall
Macduff Lifeboat was tasked to assist with the rescue of a male who had fallen 10 meters down a cliff near Portsoy
The man had been rock climbing with his son near to Redhythe Point, Portsoy when the incident occurred.
Macduff Lifeboat launched at 6.30 pm and headed to the scene, on arrival, they located the casualty who was situated in a narrow inlet at the waterline.
Crew member Nicol Wood was put ashore to help assess the casualty and prepare him for evacuation. Talking on return to the station Nicol said: 'when we arrived on scene, we found that there was nowhere safe for us to put the boat ashore, so I swam to the casualty to help assess him.
'The man was wearing climbing equipment but had ended up in the water at the bottom of the cliff with a rising tide, we quickly assessed him and got him ready for evacuation to hospital. I remained with the casualty until the Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 951 arrived and airlifted him.'
Coxswain Chassey Findlay who was at the helm of Lydia Macdonald during the rescue said: 'the location of the casualty, in a small narrow inlet, made the rescue more complicated, we were not able to get the boat right in to the casualty, but we were able to get close enough for Nicol to swim to him.
'We stood by at the mouth of the inlet while the medical assessment was carried out and ready to return should any first aid or rescue equipment or evacuation be required.
'After discussion with the Coastguard team it was decided that the most effective way to recover the casualty was by winching to Rescue 951 so we moved to a safe location while they completed the rescue, we returned to the inlet and picked Nicol up before returning to Macduff.'
Speaking after the boat was refuelled and returned to service at 8:30 pm Lifeboat Operations Manager, Roy Morrison said: 'tonight's operation showed great partnership working between the police, the ambulance, Coastguard teams and the lifeboat and had a successful outcome.
'I hope that the casualty isn't too badly injured and makes a speedy recovery.
Roy continued: 'It is incidents like this that remind us that while the Moray coast is a great place to visit for on water & coastal activities and is very safe, slips trips and falls along the coast can happen at any time. People using the coast for leisure should always carry a means of calling for help, a VHF radio if you are on the water or a mobile phone if you are on land.
'If you do suffer a slip trip or fall along the coast and require medical assistance, you should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, and they will be able to assist you and mobilise people to help you.'
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.