Stromness RNLI lifeboat launch to sick crew member aboard Spanish fishing vessel
Stromness volunteer lifeboat crew took RNLI lifeboat, Violet Dorothy and Kathleen, fifty miles west of Orkney yesterday to the aid of a Spanish fisherman reporting chest pains.
The volunteer lifeboat crew stood by as the man was lifted from the deck of the fishing vessel by the coastguard helicopter.
They were then able to render a small but vital assistance by transferring the patient's gear and documents (especially the all-important passport) to the Seaman's Mission in Stromness.
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.