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Stromness RNLI lifeboat volunteers in tricky cliff rescue

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI volunteers on board Stromness lifeboat attended a casualty at the base of high cliffs in the west of Orkney Mainland yesterday (Monday 23 May).

The Stromness RNLI Y-Boat on the call-out

RNLI Stromness

Stromness RNLI Y-Boat
Volunteer crew members on Stromness lifeboat, Violet Dorothy and Kathleen, were called to assist a 28-year-old climber who had fallen whilst climbing a sea stack close to Yesnaby. The individual had fallen whilst abseiling down the cliff to begin the climb. They fell on the rocky beach and then into the water, but were quickly pulled to relative safety by their climbing partner and the coastguard was alerted.

Stromness RNLI lifeboat responded and was quickly on the scene where three crew members deployed the Y-boat and went ashore to administer first aid. The casualty was transferred to the all-weather lifeboat which went further out to sea to meet with the coastguard helicopter. The winch man / paramedic was lowered to the deck of the lifeboat where further medical attention was given. The casualty was then winched up to the aircraft in the basket and quickly transferred to The Balfour Hospital in Orkney.

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