Tobermory RNLI goes to the aid of woman with burns on yacht

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Tobermory RNLI's volunteer crew went to the aid of a woman on a yacht who had sustained burns having been scalded by hot tea on Friday 10 July 2020.

Library image of Tobermory Lifeboat launching on service

RNLI/Sam Jones

Library image of Tobermory Lifeboat launching on service

Following a tasking request from the UK Coastguard, Tobermory RNLI's Severn class lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, launched just after 9pm and made best speed to the yacht which was in an anchorage between the islands of Gometra and Ulva off the west coast of the Isle of Mull. On arriving at the scene, two crew members, Alec Brown and Will Thorne, boarded the yacht to assess the casualty's injuries. The woman was transferred to the lifeboat where she received further casualty care. Once back in Tobermory, she was handed into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service. The lifeboat then returned to her berth where she was cleaned down in accordance with RNLI Covid-19 protocols, refuelled and made ready for service after midnight.

Deputy Second Coxswain, Dave Underwood said: 'Burns are always challenging in any situation, but particularly at sea. This is why we carry out regular casualty care training, which includes treatment of burns and scalding injuries. We were pleased that the lady's injuries were not as serious as first thought and we all wish her a very speedy recovery'.

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Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

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