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Tobermory RNLI launches to assist diver in the Sound of Mull

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory’s volunteer crew launched shortly after 2.30pm on Tuesday 10 April at the request of the UK Coastguard to a recreational diver who had become unwell during a dive.

Casualty being winched by Rescue 151


Casualty being winched by Rescue 151
The all-weather lifeboat made best speed to the casualty’s location 8.5 miles southwest of Tobermory where he was quickly brought aboard and administered casualty care by the crew. Thirty minutes after the lifeboat arriving on scene, the casualty was transferred from the lifeboat to the Inverness Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 151.

The diver was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, the nearest available hyperbaric chamber for much of the West Coast of Scotland, for further assessment and treatment. Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey returned to her berth where she was refuelled and made ready for service by 4.30pm.

Coxswain David McHaffie said: ‘We would like to thank the crew of Rescue 151 for a smooth and efficient casualty transfer. We wish the diver a speedy recovery and understand he is now doing well.’

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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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