Thank You for Stromness RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A fallen climber, rescued by the volunteer crew of Stromness RNLI lifeboat, has sent a lovely thank you gift to the station.

Small, knitted triangles spelling out "Thank You", plus a knitted heart below.

RNLI/Richard Clubley

A knitted thank you
Louise fell from the towering Yesnaby cliffs in Mainland Orkney back in May 2022.

The volunteer crew of Stromness lifeboat, Violet Dorothy and Kathleen, responded and were quickly on the scene. Louise had been pulled from the sea by her climbing partner but was now in a precarious position on wave-washed rocks at the foot of the cliffs.

The lifeboat crew launched the Y-boat and two crew members were able to reach Louise and administer first aid before transferring her to the All-Weather lifeboat.

A Coastguard helicopter completed the rescue to The Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall before Louise was soon transferred to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

After exactly three months in hospital Louise is now home and getting out and about "without crutches" she was delighted to let us know. Although still not back at work, she finds knitting very therapeutic and has sent this lovely string of mini-bunting for everyone at Stromness Lifeboat. We'll have it framed to hang in pride of place at the station. Thank you Louise.

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