RNLI Stromness lifeboat attends medical emergency at oil platform

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Stromness lifeboat, Violet Dorothy and Kathleen evacuated a man from oil platform, Stena Dawn, in Scapa Flow this morning.

Oil platform in the background as lifeboat leaves it in her wake

RNLI/John Davidson

Lifeboat leaving platform with casualty and medic on board
Stromness lifeboat was launched at 09:25 today and headed the full length of Scapa Flow to collect a crewman with a medical emergency from the oil platform: Stena Dawn.

By 10:00 the casualty plus the platform's own medic were making the short crossing to Scapa Pier from where the man was collected by ambulance for the even shorter (two minutes) trip to The Balfour Hospital for treatment.

Violet Dorothy and Kathleen returned the medic to the platform and was back on her berth, refuelled and ready to go again by 11:21.

Lifeboat mechanic, John Davidson, had just sat down in the dentist's chair when his pager went off giving him the perfect excuse to run out before any discomfort.

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