Tuesday, November 13, 2018
The skye times

Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI's volunteer crew today (Saturday 3 June) assisted a 48 year-old male who had fallen on the rocks from the shoreline of Eilean Donan Castle.

The crew were paged at 5:43pm to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service transport the casualty with a suspected broken ankle.

Kyle Lifeboat Spirit of Fred. Olsen launched at 5:56pm and arrived on scene at 6:04pm.  Two lifeboat crew members were put ashore to liaise with the ambulance crew.

It was decided that the lifeboat would transport the casualty from the castle island to the slipway at Dornie Hall, where he could be safely transferred to the ambulance.

After the casualty was strapped into the stretcher, he was carried onto the lifeboat and taken the short distance to the slipway where he was then transferred up to the waiting ambulance at 6:40pm.

The lifeboat then returned to Kyle and was refuelled and made ready for service by 7:20pm.

Speaking of the incident, one of the crew said: "Due to the location of the casualty it was decided the safest way to get him to the ambulance was for us to transport him, however it was a tricky spot to get the lifeboat into and out of, and was made all the trickier by the rapidly receding tide."

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