Peterhead RNLI assist in rescue of child who had fallen near Boddam Lighthouse
The volunteer crew at Peterhead RNLI launched their all-weather class lifeboat yesterday (Wednesday 15 July) at 2.35pm to assist in a multi-agency rescue of a child who had fallen near Boddam Lighthouse.
The Tamar class lifeboat, RNLB The Misses Robertson of Kintail, arrived on scene and remained on standby to offer assistance if needed.
The UK Coastguard, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 151, Scottish Ambulance Service, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, and Police Scotland were all on scene.
The casualty was airlifted to a landing site near the lighthouse and was then transferred to an ambulance and taken to hospital.
Jurgen Wahle, Peterhead RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: 'We launched to reports of a child who had fallen on rocks near Boddam Lighthouse.
'We remained on scene to provide safety cover for the helicopter operations. Once the casualty had been airlifted to safety and transferred to an ambulance we were stood down and returned to Peterhead Harbour.'
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.