TOBERMORY’S volunteer lifeboat crew rushed to the aid of a tourist from a visiting cruise ship who had fallen down a steep cliff just outside the town on Wednesday July 4.
Following a report of a man having fallen from the popular cliff path,which runs from Tobermory to the lighthouse at Rubha nan Gall,three lifeboat crew launched the station’s boarding boat and the Y Boat,a small RIB carried by Tobermory’s Severn Class all-weather lifeboat.
Meanwhile,two crew members ran almost a mile along the cliff path to assist members of Tobermory’s Coastguard Rescue Team on the shore.
The boarding boat,with Mechanic Jock Anderson at the helm,and the cruise ship’s master –who had run along the path –were first on the scene and found that the man had fallen about 15-feet.
Jock scrambled up the cliff from the shore and together with the cruise ship’s master helped the man back on to the path where he was treated for cuts and bruises.
He was then assisted back to Tobermory by the Coastguard Team and one of the lifeboat crew where he received medical attention.
Mechanic Jock Anderson said:‘This incident took place only a couple of days after a joint training exercise with the Tobermory Coastguard Rescue Team which goes to show how important our training is to ensure that we are prepared for all eventualities.
‘The gentleman in question had a very lucky escape as he had fallen down one of the steepest areas of the path and we all hope that he enjoys the rest of his holiday in Scotland.’
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