Local News for Thursday 28th June 2018
‘Excellent teamwork’ on St Kilda rescue
Stornoway Coastguard rescue team carried out a difficult rescue in a challenging setting on Tuesday afternoon, with rope technician Nathan Harris singled out for special praise. The team were tasked by Stornoway Coastguard at 14:30 to travel to St Kilda aboard rescue helicopter R948, to help an 87-year-old man whom had fallen down a cliff on the west side of St Kilda. He had been part of a small expedition party and had been camping alone overnight, but had fallen and cut his legs, and was stranded in a very difficult location. Tarbert and Scalpay coastguard teams were taken to the island by the RNLI Leverburgh lifeboat as a back-up team, but Stornoway coastguard team were able to recover the man using rope rescue techniques, before he was transferred to Stornoway aboard the helicopter. Volunteer teams from Tarbert and Suth Lochs manned the landing site, and he was taken to Western Isles Hospital by ambulance. The Stornoway coastguards were returned to Leverbugh on the lifeboat and were full of praise for the smooth teamwork that made the rescue possible, saying: “Our rope technician, Nathan Harris, carried out a highly technical rescue in a very difficult location and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar provided transport to get the team back to Stornoway – a great example of multi-agency team work! We wish the casualty a speedy recovery.”
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Local News for Wednesday 27th June 2018
New standard water safety app agreed
A new tracking and alerting system has been adopted to improve safety at sea by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). The two major water safety bodies today join forces to reveal RYA SafeTrx as HM Coastguard’s new official voluntary safety identification scheme. The app is designed to improve safety at sea, monitoring boat journeys and alerting emergency contacts if you fail to arrive on time. The system uses iPhone and Android to help improve safety for everyone who enjoys being on the water – from kitesurfers and kayakers to dinghy sailors and powerboat users. It tracks progress and alerts emergency services if there’s a problem, making a 999 call to the Coastguard at the touch of a button. The app can be used free of charge in UK territorial waters and has already been adopted by maritime search and rescue agencies in countries including Ireland, Spain, South Africa and Australia. Coastguard director Richard Parkes said: “When we receive an emergency call we need a huge amount of information fast. This app helps us access all your details, so that you can get a swifter response with the right resources.” RYA SafeTrx is free to download from app stores.
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