Islay RNLI called to medical emergency aboard vessel

Lifeboats News Release

At 7.20am yesterday (29th June) the Severn class Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II launched to a report of a medical emergency aboard a vessel in the Sound of Jura.

Islay RNLI assist medical emergency on vessel

RNLI/Kate Hannett

Islay RNLI assist medical emergency on vessel

The 37ft sail boat had 4 persons on board when one was taken ill. Fellow passengers called for the emergency services and requested the Coastguard. As a result the volunteer Islay RNLI crew were requested to launch to assist. Upon reaching the vessel, two RNLI casualty care crew members went aboard to evaluate the casualty. The decision was made that the they was stable and could be transported back to Islay on the lifeboat. Working with the Jura Coastguard, the casualty was handed over to the care of the local medical services on Islay.

Back in Port Askaig, the lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service again by 9.30am.


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For further information, please contact:

Kate Hannett, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Islay RNLI on 07415 599194 or email kate_hannett@rnli.org.uk

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

RNLI Press Office 01202 336789 or pressoffice@rnli.org.uk

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