Broughty Ferry RNLI called out twice in as many hours, saving two lives
Broughty Ferry RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews where called out to two separate incidents last night (Thursday 20th June) in the space of 90 minutes, resulting in the lives of two people being saved
The volunteer crews responded to the first call at 1712 hours following a report that someone had fallen from the Tay Road Bridge. Both the All weather lifeboat, Elizabeth of Glamis and the inshore lifeboat, Oor Lifesaver were launched in blustery conditions and were quickly on scene.
The crew of the inshore lifeboat located a female in the water with injuries. They removed her and began treating her before transferring her to the larger all weather lifeboat, where treatment continued whilst making a rapid trip back to Broughty Ferry Lifeboat Station.
The RNLI crews then transferred the patient into the care of an ambulance crew.
Ten minutes after returning the volunteer crews were then called into action again after receiving a report of a troubled swimmer in the Tay. Both boats were launched and were quickly on scene again, locating the distressed swimmer half way across the river in between both bridges.
He was taken aboard the inshore lifeboat before being transferred to the all weather lifeboat where care was provided whilst being transported back to the lifeboat station.
He was then taken to Ninewells Hospital Emergency Department for assessment.
Lifeboat volunteer crews then made boats ready for any further calls before standing down.
The RNLI would like to thank the members of the public for their vigilance. If you do spot anyone in difficulty, dial 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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.