Oban lifeboat in joint service with Tobermory lifeboat to assist diver with bends

The Tobermory part of this joint rescue was published last night. The incident began there when the volunteer crew was paged just after 18.30, when a diver was brought ashore in Tobermory after surfacing with suspected decompression sickness.

The Tobermory lifeboat took the casualty on board and made for a rendezvous in the Sound of Mull with the Oban Lifeboat, which had launched at 18.55.

At that rendezvous, the patient was immediately assessed by Dr Colin Wilson, a member of the Oban lifeboat voolunteer crew and a doctor trained to deal with diving incidents.

The patient was then transferred to the Oban lifeboat and was given oxygen during the lifeboat’s run back to its berth at Port Ban in Oban.

An ambulance was waiting there and took the diver straight to the hyperbaric chamber at Dunstaffnage.

After her mid-Sound meeting with Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, Mora Edith Macdonald, the Oban lifeboat, was refuelled and ready for service again at 20.22.

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