The volunteer crew of Stromness lifeboat dashed across Scapa Flow yesterday to carry two midwives when their services were urgently needed on Hoy.
The volunteer crew of RNLB, Violet Dorothy and Kathleen, were just sitting down to lunch when the pager alerted them to an urgent task. Zane Uzklinge had been surprised by the imminent arrival of her first baby on the island of Hoy, across the water of Scapa Flow from Stromness.
The lifeboat crew were asked to deliver two midwives to assist. Even at 25 knots, on a flat calm sea, the lifeboat did not beat the stork however. Fortunately, local medics Dr Simon Rudland and nurse Sally Harvey were on hand to deliver baby Sigi who weighed in at 7lbs.
The lifeboat then brought mum, Sigi and the midwives - Olivia Jones and Rachel Brown - back to Stromness for transfer to the brand new Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall for a check-up (Olivia and Rachel didn't need check-ups as they are both good sailors, they were just thrilled.)
On one of the stillest, sunniest, sparkliest seas of the year Sigi Uzklinge started life with a high speed dash with some proud lifeboatmen, excited midwives and a somewhat bemused mum. Congratulations to all and Happy Trails, baby Sigi.
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