Doctor Transported to Casualty on Island by Stromness RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Stromness lifeboat delivered a doctor to attend a casualty on the Orkney island of Graemsay yesterday (19 October).

Boat seen heading at speed towards Hoy High lighthouse on Graemsay

RNLI/Richard Clubley

Stromness Lifeboat heading for Graemsay
Violet Dorothy and Kathleen left the berth at 14:15 yesterday with the local doctor on board after she was requested to carry the doctor to a casualty on the tiny island of Graemsay, which has a population of only around 20 souls and stands at the inner end of Hoy Sound, just opposite the entrance to Stromness Harbour.

The short trip across took only a few minutes and the lifeboat stood by at Graemsay Pier, below Hoy High lighthouse, whilst the casualty was assessed and prepared for evacuation to hospital by helicopter. Four lifeboat crew members then carried the stretcher to the waiting helicopter.

The lifeboat soon returned to Stromness and was back on her berth by 4pm.

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