Tobermory RNLI volunteers carry out New Year's Day 'medivac' from remote island
Tobermory RNLI's volunteer crew had their first shout just 12 hours into 2020 when they went to assist a seriously injured casualty on a remote island in Loch Sunart.
After receiving treatment at the scene, the casualty was transferred to the lifeboat which then returned to Laga Bay for a further transfer to the waiting ambulance with the assistance of Salen Coastguard Rescue Team. The lifeboat returned to Tobermory where she was refuelled and made ready for service shortly before 4pm.
Tobermory RNLI Coxswain, David McHaffie said: 'This was a real team effort with our colleagues from the Scottish Ambulance Service and Salen Coastguard. All of us at the lifeboat station wish the casualty a speedy recovery.'
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