Mull peo­ple praised af­ter ma­jor in­ci­dent

The Oban Times - - News -

A ROAD traf­fic accident in­volv­ing two coaches on the nar­row sin­gle-track road near to Pen­nyghael on the Ross of Mull saw three ca­su­al­ties taken to hos­pi­tal.

The com­mu­nity on Mull has been praised by emer­gency ser­vices for the way in which it dealt with a ma­jor in­ci­dent at first in­volv­ing 15 ca­su­al­ties.

A re­port from Craignure Coast­guard Res­cue Team (CRT) said: ‘ Full team paged to­day by Stornoway Coast­guard to as­sist with a multi-agency in­ci­dent at the south end of Glen­more.

‘There had been an RTA between two buses with around 15 ca­su­al­ties.

‘Once ar­rived on site spoke [with] Po­lice Scot­land, re­quested to set up a heli­copter land­ing site (HLS) for in­com­ing Res­cue 199.

‘[ Heli­copter] He­limed five was al­ready on­site along with Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice and Po­lice Scot­land.

‘Two mem­bers of the CRT went to or­gan­ise HLS while one team mem­ber plus se­nior coastal op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer con­tin­ued to help on­site. Also paged were Tober­mory and Ross of Mull CRT to as­sist with comms and later with the trans­fer of ca­su­al­ties to Res­cue 199.

‘Pas­sen­gers from the two buses were fer­ried to the nearby Pen­nyghael vil­lage hall to wait assess­ment by paramedics.

‘Res­cue 199 from Prest­wick landed in field next to the road and five fur­ther med­i­cal per­son­nel made their way to the hall.

‘The road was suc­cess­fully re­opened af­ter a cou­ple of hours and thank­fully only three pas­sen­gers re­quired a trip in a heli­copter to Oban hos­pi­tal.

‘The re­sponse from all the emer­gency ser­vices was amaz­ing and a credit too all. The in­ci­dent could have been far worse, a speedy re­cov­ery to all in­volved in the accident.’

The in­ci­dent com­man­der praised all the lo­cal vol­un­teers who helped, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity first re­spon­ders, the Coast­guard, Pen­nyghael hall com­mit­tee, Pen­nyghael res­i­dents and those who were work­ing at the art ex­hi­bi­tion in the vil­lage hall.

This was the 40th call- out for Craignure Coast­guard Res­cue Team, and the first time the Coast­guard heli­copter (AW189) has been seen on Mull.

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