Troon and Arran RNLI lifeboats assist with medical evacuation from tanker

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.53pm on Sunday 7 March 2021, Troon lifeboat was tasked by Belfast Coastguard along with Arran lifeboat to assist with the medical evacuation of a crew member from a tanker at anchor in Brodick Bay.

Troon all-weather lifeboat transferring crew to the casualty vessel

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Troon all-weather lifeboat transferring crew to the casualty vessel
Also tasked was the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter from Prestwick, Rescue 199 and Arran Coastguard Rescue Team.

Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat was soon launched and headed to Brodick where they met with Arran inshore lifeboat Atlantic 85 Rachel Hedderwick.

Two lifeboat crew from the all-weather lifeboat were put on board the tanker to assist the helicopter crew with the stretcher transfer.

Once the casualty was safely winched on board the helicopter and heading to hospital, the lifeboats were stood down by Belfast Coastguard.

The all-weather lifeboat returned to Troon where its was made ‘Ready for Service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

RNLI Media contacts:

Andrew Limond, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Troon Lifeboat Station, 01292 314414 lifeboattroon@gmail.com

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929, martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

Coastguard helicopter Rescue 199 winching the casualty onboard for transfer to hospital

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Coastguard helicopter Rescue 199 winching the casualty onboard for transfer to hospital
The helicopter transfer with the lifeboats standing by

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The helicopter transfer with the lifeboats standing by

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