Second cliff rescue call in a week for Arbroath RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Both Arbroath RNLI lifeboats were launched to the town's cliffs today (28 January) around lunchtime, following reports of an injured person in difficulty near the Horseshoe cave.

Arbroath RNLI

Arbroath ALB and HM Coastguard 199 on scene 28.1.22
After arriving on scene, two volunteer crew members from the inshore lifeboat and one from the all-weather lifeboat transferred ashore to assist SORT paramedics from NHS Tayside and teams from HM Coastguard - Angus & Dundee.

Due to the casualty's location and worsening weather conditions, it was deemed the safest method of extraction was by Coastguard rescue helicopter.

The lifeboat crew helped to provide on scene casualty care and secured the casual into our PS1 stretcher ready for transfer to CG helicopter Rescue 199.

With the transfer carried out swiftly upon Rescue 199’s arrival, the casualty was flown to Ninewells Hospital for further treatment.

Lifeboat operations manager at Arbroath, Alex Smith, said "Following on from last Sunday's cliff rescue, this was another fantastic demonstration of inter service teamwork, which resulted in a positive outcome for the casualty involved. All at Arbroath RNLI wish them a speedy recovery."

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