Anstruther RNLI launch to female after 20-foot cliff fall

Lifeboats News Release

Anstruther RNLI launched this afternoon (Wednesday 20 May) to the aid of a female who had fallen 20 feet from the Elie Chain Walk

The volunteers aboard the inshore lifeboat launched at 4.15pm and proceeded to the scene.

The casualty had sustained injuries to both ankles. After a medical assessment, a transfer by sea on the lifeboat was decided to be safest method of evacuation.

The casualty sailed the short distance to neighbouring Shell Bay and was handed over to waiting paramedic and Coastguard teams.

This was the volunteer crews first call out in over 10 weeks and the first during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Volunteer helm Barry Gourlay extended his thanks to his crew. Barry said: 'This was our first call out in over 10 weeks but that did not show. We train to a high standard and that training helped ensure we were able to execute this rescue swiftly and safely'.

The month of May is an important one for the charity as this is our annual fundraising campaign - Mayday.

During this pandemic, conventional fundraising is not possible but the charity's 'on call' status has not changed.

Commenting on this, Barry said: 'Throughout this pandemic, the volunteers at Anstruther join 237 other lifeboat station who remain ready to respond if requested. We thank our supporters and ask that you stick by us during this challenging time so we can continue to save lives at sea'.
Anstruther RNLI and Coastguard crews assist female who has sustained leg injuries at the foot of the Elie Chain Walk

RNLI/Paul Hutchison

Anstruther RNLI and Coastguard crews assist female who has sustained leg injuries at the foot of the Elie Chain Walk

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