Portree RNLI assist 12-year-old boy who narrowly escapes injury after a fall

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A young boy narrowly escaped serious injury after falling from local beauty spot, while playing with friends.

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Stock image of Portree's all-weather and D class boarding vessel.

Portree RNLI were launched at 2:48pm last Friday (7 May) to reports of a person in the water in Portree Bay.

12-year-old Gordon and three other friends had been playing on Cuddy point when Gordon lost his footing and crashed onto the shoreline below. Although he suffered a broken bone in his foot, had Gordon landed any other way, the circumstances could’ve been much worse.

Gordon’s parents, Malcolm and Fiona Mackenzie, said: 'We are so grateful Gordon is okay and our thank you goes out to all Emergency Services involved - it could have been a very different outcome. Cuddy Point is dangerous and unfortunately Gordon has learnt the hard way.'

Station Coxswain, Hamish Corrigall added 'As soon as I arrived at Portree Pier and realised the severity and locality of the situation, I immediately launched the boarding boat - a D-class lifeboat in its own right - with three crew. They retrieved the stretcher from our main lifeboat and headed towards the casualty, safely retrieving him from the rocks and onward to the slipway for transfer to the awaiting ambulance.'

Hamish added: ‘We don’t only save lives at sea, we save lives anywhere we’re needed, the coastline can be extremely dangerous and unfortunately this young boy found that out. All at the station are delighted he’s doing well’

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