Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew completed a round trip of more than a hundred miles when they rushed in the early hours of Tuesday June 26 2012 to the aid of a woman with suspected spinal injuries on the Isle of Tiree .
Following a request from Clyde Coastguard,the Tobermory all-weather lifeboat,Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey,launched shortly after 11pm on 25 June 2012 to carry out a medical evacuation or ‘medevac’ of the woman.
She was successfully brought aboard the lifeboat shortly before 1am,accompanied by a member of the Scottish Ambulance Service. The woman was taken to Oban where she was transferred to a waiting ambulance at 3.30am.
Tobermory RNLI Deputy Second Coxswain,Andrew McHaffie said:‘Fortunately,the weather and sea conditions were very good,otherwise this would have been a particularly challenging ‘shout’ given the nature of the casualty’s injuries and the distance between Tiree and Oban.
‘This was a long job with the lifeboat covering more than a hundred miles but we’re pleased that the medevac was carried out as swiftly and as comfortably as possible for the casualty.’
The lifeboat and its crew returned to Tobermory shortly after 5am but was rewarded with a spectacular view of the sunrise from the Sound of Mull.
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