Kyle lifeboat called to a badly injured person who had fallen near Applecross

Lifeboats News Release

Kyle RNLI were called to assist the UK Coastguard & Scottish Ambulance service with a casualty extraction, after she fell on rocks and suffered a suspected broken hip

Kyle Crew Members & Other Emergency Services on scene

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Kyle Crew Members & Other Emergency Services on scene

Kyle lifeboat Spirit of Fred. Olsen launched at 2.15pm today at the request of the UK Coastguard, after reports of a casualty stuck on the shoreline in Applecross who had fallen. Kyle lifeboat made best speed towards the area and arrived at 2.35pm, by which time the Scottish Ambulance Service and a local Coastguard team were already on scene.

Two of the lifeboat crew members went ashore to assess the situation and liaise with the other emergency services. Due to the location and condition of the casualty it was decided the best way to extricate her was by using the lifeboats basket stretcher. They managed to safely package up the casualty and lift her off the shoreline and up the steep banking to the awaiting ambulance, where she was further assessed before being transferred to the UK Coastguard helicopter. The lifeboat was then stood down and departed the scene at 3.00pm.

The lifeboat returned to station and was refuelled and made ready for service by 3.30pm.

Notes to editors

· For further information on the casualty, please contact the UK Coastguard

· Please credit the pictures to Kyle RNLI

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Casualty being transported to the ambulance

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Casualty being transported to the ambulance

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