Busy Easter Weekend for Arran RNLI
Arran RNLI’s summer season started in earnest with three callouts over a busy Easter weekend.
At 4.42pm on the 19th of April, 1.03pm on the 20th of April and 1.49pm on the 22nd of April the pagers sounded and the Arran crew knew the summer season had started in earnest.
The Arran RNLI Volunteer crew first mustered to reports of an injured walker along the Arran Coastal Way at Cordon, but were stood down after paramedics could make their way on scene. The second callout of the weekend had the crew responding to reports of a vulnerable person entering the water in Lamlash Bay. After a short search of the Bay the missing person was located on the shore by the Arran Coastguard Rescue Team. Finally on the 22nd of April the volunteer team had to respond to an injured walker on the Arran Coastal Way at the shore between Lamlash and Brodick. After a short search the crew located the casualty and with the aid of the Arran Coastguard Rescue Team performed an on-scene assessment. After providing the best care possible at the scene it was decided that the next step would be to evacuate the casualty via the lifeboat to an awaiting paramedic team back at the lifeboat station in Lamlash.
Arran RNLI helm Mark Nelson said, “With the start of the summer myself and all of the team at the station know things will get busier and this weekend just went to show that the team are always ready to respond when the pagers go off. Thankfully all of the callouts this weekend ended as positively as possible, we would just like to remind everyone that while they enjoy the coast over the summer if they need any assistance remember to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”.
Key facts about the RNLI
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.