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SERIOUSLY INJURED CLIMBER RESCUED

09/02/2008

A climber who fell and was seriously injured at Hawk Craig Point, Aberdour this afternoon, (09/02/08) was airlifted to hospital in a joint rescue mission involving the RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn, Scottish Ambulance Service and a Search and Rescue Helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland.

The volunteer crew of “the busiest wee RNLI lifeboat in Scotland” were paged around 2.05pm this afternoon after the Coastguard had been requested by the Ambulance Service to assist in the rescue of an injured climber who was in an inaccessible part of the rocks on the shoreline.
The lifeboat arrived on the scene within 15 minutes.

Neil Chalmers, a member of the crew who attended, took up the story, “When we arrived on scene, we saw that a 41 year old man from the Bearsden area of Glasgow was lying at the base of the rocks having fallen 30 feet. He was seriously injured with a suspected broken pelvis, leg, arm, ribs and internal bleeding.”

“We ferried an Ambulance paramedic to him and he remained conscious throughout his ordeal. It was obvious that he needed urgent medical treatment and given his remote position and the difficulty in extracting him safely, we decided to call for a Helicopter medevac.”

“A helicopter from RAF Boulmer was requested and we were informed that it would arrive by 3.05pm. Whilst we were waiting, the tide was quickly rising and we had to move the casualty onto a spinal board and take him to above the high water mark, otherwise he would have been submerged.”

The injured climber was conveyed by the Helicopter to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

The crew on this occasion were helmsman Steve Currie, Mark Brown and Neil Chalmers, with Norman Soutar operating the launching tractor.