Portree Lifeboat Launches on Second Shout During Lockdown
Portree Lifeboat, which is a Trent Class lifeboat, was launched to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service for a medical matter on the Isle of Raasay.
This was Portree Lifeboat Crew's second launch under the new Covid-19 restrictions. The last shout was on Saturday 9 May also at 8.43pm, however this was the first shout the crew have had to manage with other emergency service personnel onboard the lifeboat. Portree Lifeboat is a Trent Class Lifeboat which is authorised by the RNLI to carry other emergency services during this current situation.
The request originated from the Scottish Ambulance Service, for an ongoing medical emergency on the Isle of Raasay. The lifeboat took the two Ambulance personnel from Portree over to the island.
The ambulance personnel made their way to the casualty, this medical situation required the patient be taken back to Portree via the lifeboat and into the waiting ambulance for onward travel to hospital.
About 10.55pm the crew made the lifeboat 'ready for service' with the crew shortly stood down to await the next time their pagers alerted them to their next shout.
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.