Stromness RNLI lifeboat launches to assist injured walker at Yesanaby Cliffs

Lifeboats News Release

Stromness volunteer lifeboat crew was requested by UK Coastguard to launch the lifeboat this afternoon, to attend a casualty at Yesnaby cliffs in Orkney's West Mainland.

Lifeboat steaming into Stromness Harbour

RNLI/Richard Clubley

RNLB Roger and Joy Freeman coming home today
The volunteer crew of Stromness RNLI relief lifeboat, Roger and Joy Freeman, were alerted today at 1.13pm and launched, seven minutes later, at 1.20pm. The launch had been requested by UK Coastguard after an elderly gentleman, out walking on Orkney's famous cliff path close to Yesnaby, took a tumble over one of the many changes in level close to the path.

RNLB Roger and Joy Freeman, standing in for the usual Stromness boat - Violet Dorothy and Kathleen - which was away for routing maintenance, was on scene between Yesnaby and Black Craig within 15 minutes of launching. The crew were able to direct coastguards to the casualty.

The lifeboat stood by in case further assistance was needed while the coastguard arranged the helicopter from Shetland to airlift the man to hospital.

RNLB Roger and Joy Freeman was back on station, refuelled and ready for service by 4.00pm. The volunteer crew then went off to finish their well-earned Sunday lunches.
Silhoutted crewmember in the bow of the lifeboat

RNLI/Richard Clubley

Volunteer crewmember standing by to make fast forward.

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