Kirkwall RNLI respond to emergency call for medical assistance

Lifeboats News Release

Kirkwall RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew launch to assist local survey vessel with a medical case onboard.

Margaret Foster escorting survey vessel into Kirkwall harbour

RNLI/Graham Campbell

Kirkwall RNLI lifeboat escorts survey vessel
The all-weather lifeboat Margaret Foster launched at the request of UK Coastguard at 1.40pm on Sunday 6th June to head for a local survey vessel with a medical case onboard to the south of the island of Eday.

Margaret Foster made best speed towards the casualty vessel in calm weather and were informed the vessel was heading for Kirkwall, the lifeboat met with the survey vessel off the island of Shapinsay, after discussion with the skipper and with the casualty stable the decision was made that the lifeboat would escort the vessel to Kirkwall and meet with the awaiting paramedics form Scottish Ambulance Service.

Once alongside at Kirkwall harbour, and with the casualty taken into the care of paramedics, Margaret Foster was stood down and returned to base at 1.54pm.

The lifeboat was refueled and made ready for service again by 2.00pm.
Kirkwall lifeboat volunteer crew after Sunday's callout

RNLI/Graham Campbell

Kirkwall RNLI volunteer crew

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