Thurso RNLI volunteers assist in multi agency rescue of trapped female

Lifeboats News Release

Thurso RNLI lifeboat was launched at 4.43pm on Friday 17 April in response to reports of a female casualty trapped on rocks near Thurso Beach.

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Two RNLI crew being taken to casualty by LOM
A few minutes after launching, The Taylors arrived off the beach and launched its inflatable Y boat with two crew members trained in Casualty Care. The Y boat was taken as close as it could get to the casualty and then the crew members went ashore on foot.

Thurso Lifeboat Station's Operations Manager, Scott Youngson, happened to be in the area and comforted the causality before directing the Y boat crew to the trapped woman.

The two RNLI crew members attended to the woman and administered pain relief until the Scottish Ambulance Service arrived. As she was firmly stuck between rocks it was decided to call the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who attended and used specialist equipment to release the casualty at 6.10pm.

The woman who had been trapped for over two hours was then transported to a waiting Ambulance.

The Taylors returned to Scrabster around 6.30pm.

Thurso RNLI Coxswain Dougie Munro said: ‘It was good that the crew were able to assist in the rescue of the casualty and thankfully everything turned out well. The tide was coming in and as there are particularly high tides just now the area where the casualty was trapped would have been under water in a few hours’.

Scrabster and Melvich Coastguard were also called out and assisted in the rescue.

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