Yacht crew­man in hospi­tal dash af­ter multi-agency res­cue

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A crew­man from a yacht in Sound of Bute was air­lifted to hospi­tal af­ter a multi-agency res­cue.

Ar­ran’s RNLI was part of the res­cue in­volv­ing ves­sels from RNLI Troon, Largs, Tighnabru­aich and the he­li­copter Res­cue 199 tasked to at­tend to a dis­tress call from a yacht near Inch­marnock on Mon­day.

Re­spond­ing to the call of a se­ri­ously ill crew mem­ber on the ves­sel, the Ar­ran vol­un­teer lifeboat crew launched the re­lief in­shore lifeboat Martin Har­vey, joing­ing the RNLI in­shore lifeboat from Largs and the RNLI all-weather lifeboat from Troon, as well as the res­cue he­li­copter in a rush to reach the crew­man, who was re­ported to be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing chest pains.

Res­cue he­li­copter 199 ar­rived on scene first quickly fol­lowed by Largs lifeboat which put two crew mem­bers aboard the ves­sel.

Once aboard they as­sessed the crew mem­ber and started to ad­min­is­ter care.

Af­ter de­cid­ing that evac­u­at­ing the ill crew mem­ber swiftly was of para­mount im­por­tance, and due to the ex­tremely chal­leng­ing con­di­tions, the Largs RNLI crew de­cided to beach their in­shore lifeboat in or­der to al­low the swift evac­u­a­tion of the ca­su­alty by Res­cue 199.

Fol­low­ing this the Largs lifeboat was re­floated by the vol­un­teer crew of the Ar­ran in­shore lifeboat. The Largs crew then towed the yacht to­wards Tighnabru­aich be­fore pass­ing the tow onto the Tighnabru­aich RNLI crew who took the ves­sel back to safe har­bour.

Ar­ran RNLI helm Martin Wood said on Mon­day: ‘To­day’s call­out was time crit­i­cal; this meant we had to push the At­lantic 85 to get on scene as quickly as pos­si­ble in chal­leng­ing con­di­tions. Our col­leagues at Largs per­formed an ex­cel­lent evac­u­a­tion of the ca­su­alty and when re­float­ing the Largs lifeboat both crews showed amaz­ing team­work and pro­fes­sion­al­ism.’

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