Busy day for Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew

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Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew had a particularly busy time yesterday (Thursday April 19) with an exercise with Leverburgh RNLI’s new lifeboat followed by a call-out to an injured woman on the remote island of Staffa.

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard to go to the aid of a visitor who had fallen on the island of Staffa, off the west coast of Mull.

The lifeboat crew launched within seven minutes of being paged just before 4pm and made best speed to Staffa. On arrival, two crew members were landed by a local tour boat and provided casualty care to the woman, who was being helped by the tour boat’s crew.

The woman, who had injured her leg, was then transferred to the lifeboat and taken to Tobermory, where she was passed into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Earlier in the day, Tobermory’s volunteer crew had exercised in the Sound of Mull with Leverburgh’s new lifeboat, a state-of-the-art Shannon-class all-weather lifeboat.

In command of both lifeboats were two brothers, Tobermory coxswain David McHaffie and his older brother, Andrew, who is the former station coxswain and is now a fleet staff coxswain responsible for helping to roll out the new Shannon lifeboats and train their crews around the UK and Ireland.

David said: ‘This has been a busy day for the volunteer crew and we hope that the lady injured on Staffa makes a full recovery. It was also a pleasure to work with our friends from Harris and we wish them a safe onward passage and fair winds and following seas for their lifeboat as she goes on service in the next few weeks.’