Arbroath lifeboats in climber rescue incident

Lifeboats News Release

Both Arbroath RNLI lifeboats were launched yesterday (24 July) following reports of an injured climber at the local cliffs.

Arbroath RNLI

Lifeboat crew members on scene with HM Coastguard helicopter winchman
A request for assistance was received from HM Coastguard at approximately
12:50pm, with the volunteer crews on board the all-weather and inshore lifeboats making their way quickly to the
scene close to the Needle’s E’e area of the cliffs.

Upon arrival members of the inshore lifeboat crew went ashore and administered on
scene casualty care before preparing the injured climber for evacuation.

Due to the location and sea conditions at the time, it was deemed the safest method of
extraction was by HM Coastguard rescue helicopter. The casualty was winched aboard
Rescue 151 from Inverness before being transferred to land ambulance and taken to
Ninewells Hospital for further treatment.

Arbroath RNLI coxswain, Michael Marr, said “The location of the casualty and
sea conditions provided a bit of a challenge to our crew today, however with the
assistance of our HM Coastguard colleagues we were able to ensure a positive
outcome was achieved.”

The RNLI have no further information on the condition of the casualty.

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