Tobermory’s RNLI volunteer crew were paged at lunchtime on Tuesday 20th August to go to the assistance of a woman diver with suspected decompression sickness or ‘bends’.
The diver was transferred from a dive charter vessel directly onto Tobermory’s Severn class lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey whilst she was at her berth in Tobermory Bay.
The diver was then taken by lifeboat to Oban. During the passage to Oban, she received treatment from volunteer crew members trained in the RNLI’s casualty care system. Once in Oban, the diver was transferred to the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.
The lifeboat returned to Tobermory and was refuelled and ready for service at 1600.
Under two hours later, their second shout in six hours, the volunteer crew were off again.
This time they launched at 17.54 in response to concerns were raised for a family missing in a dinghy in Loch Sunart in the massy Ardnamurchan peninsula.
A family, who had been staying at a local campsite, were reported to be late returning to shore and had not been seen since their departure earlier that morning.
As the lifeboat sped to the scene, the Salen Coastguard Rescue Team began a shore search and reported that they could see a small boat with four persons on board heading for the shore.
Ten minutes later they reported to the lifeboat that this was the family that had been reported missing.
Stornoway Coastguard then stood down the lifeboat, which returned to Tobermory and was made ready for service at 18.50.
Tobermory RNLI’s Second Coxswain, James Fairbairns ,said: ‘This was an excellent example of the close co-operation between the RNLI, Stornoway Coastguard and the local Coastguard Rescue Team. We’re extremely pleased that there was a successful outcome.’
The earlier shout yesterday also demonstrates the wide spectrum of skills of the volunteer lifeboat crews and the constructive liason between the RNLI and the medical services.