Heart pain casualty-drill ends 'happily ever after' for lifeboat-woman Kirsty
Aberdeen Lifeboat crewmember Kirsty Noble was unfazed by the briefing for last weekend’s exercise.
As part of her casualty care training, she would be landed at Aberdeen’s Fishmarket Quay where she could expect to find a crewmate playing the part of a casualty complaining of chest pain, possible heart trouble.
On whipping out the Cas-Care cards and beginning her assessment of the ‘casualty’, however, she found it was none other than her boyfriend Sam Main – not a crew member, but kitted out in RNLI yellow as part of the grand pretence.
Furthermore, any heart pain Sam was feeling was clearly of an emotional rather than cardiac nature!
Sam was quickly down on one knee, ring in hand, asking Kirsty to marry him.
Further possible heartache was avoided when Kirsty enthusiastically accepted Sam’s proposal - to loud cheering and applause from the entire lifeboat crew, who had been in on the ruse all along.
Kirsty Noble, a website designer by profession, is two years into her training and is a regular volunteer crew-member on both Aberdeen’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats.
Speaking of the surprise proposal, Kirsty said: “Surprised is an understatement; it was an amazing occasion and to spend it with my best friends was very special.”
Her relieved fiancé, Sam, added: “It was an amazing day and I’m delighted that she said yes! A lot of planning went into the day so I’m so happy that it all went to plan. I’m really grateful to the whole RNLI team for all their help in making it possible!”
Aberdeen Lifeboat coxswain Davie Orr congratulated the couple warmly, saying: “Aberdeen’s volunteer lifeboat crew is a very close-knit team - we go through the highs and lows of search and rescue missions together. This was a special opportunity to share in the happiness of one of our own. We all wish Kirsty and Sam every happiness.”
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.