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Tobermory RNLI launches to assist unwell fisherman

Lifeboats News Release

The UK Coastguard requested the assistance of Tobermory RNLI after a crewmember onboard a fishing vessel became unwell on Wednesday 24 May

Lifeboat leaving Tobermory

RNLI/Leanne Blair

Lifeboat leaving Tobermory

The volunteer crew were paged shortly before 3.30pm and made their way to rendezvous with the fishing vessel between Ardnamurchan Lighthouse and the north coast of Mull. Once on scene, the all-weather lifeboat manoeuvred alongside the fishing vessel where the casualty was transferred aboard.

The lifeboat made way to Oban where the casualty was transferred into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service. She returned to Tobermory and was refuelled and made ready for service for 7.00pm.

Coxswain David McHaffie said; ‘Thanks to the skipper and crew of the fishing vessel who prepared their starboard side for a safe and efficient transfer of the casualty. Thanks also to Tom from the Oban lifeboat crew for his assistance at the pontoon (and for the fish and chips!).’

RNLI media contacts

Leanne Blair, Tobermory RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07711549609 or [email protected]

Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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