Wick RNLI assist in multi-agency rescue of teenager who fell from cliffs

Lifeboats News Release

Wick RNLI was called out at 5.26pm today (Monday 12 August) to go to the aid of a reported casualty at Sinclair & Girnigoe castle.

The all-weather lifeboat was launched under Coxswain Mark Cormack and made its way to the West of Noss Head towards Sinclair & Girnigoe castle where it had been reported that a teenager had fallen from the cliffs.

Weather conditions at the time were described as favourable with calm seas.

Once on scene, the lifeboat launched its smaller inflatable daughter boat to get into the cliff bottom. The volunteer lifeboat crew then assisted the coastguard units from Wick, Scrabster and Duncansby, as well as the ambulance service and police to prepare the casualty for transfer before they were airlifted to Aberdeen Hospital by the Coastguard Rescue 900 helicopter from Sumburgh in the Shetlands.

Speaking following the call out, John Taylor, Wick RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: 'We would like to extend our best wishes to the casualty for a full and speedy recovery. This evening's call out highlighted the good teamwork between the various emergency services teams.'

This was the second call out of the day for Wick RNLI who earlier responded to help a fishing vessel that had broken down approximately six miles south of Wick. The lifeboat towed the vessel to safety at Wick Harbour.

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