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Stromness RNLI lifeboat in casualty pick-up

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Stromness RNLI lifeboat launched this afternoon (Wednesday 31 June) to collect a casualty from the neighbouring island of Hoy for transfer to an awaiting ambulance in Stromness.

Lifeboat at full speed in calm sea passing white lighthouse astern

RNLI/Richard Clubley

Lifeboat passing Hoy High Lighthouse on way back to Stromness
Violet Dorothy and Kathleen was launched this afternoon to travel the short distance, round the island of Graemsay, to the pier at Moaness on Hoy.

The casualty had fallen and suffered some injury but was still able to walk onto the lifeboat and was chatting to crew on the way back to Stromness Harbour, and the awaiting ambulance for immediate transfer to The Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall.

A routine job for our crew but much appreciated by the casualty who would have been stuck on Hoy over-night without the lifeboat's timely arrival. Many thanks to boat and ambulance crews for a swift and happy outcome.

Notes to editors

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