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Thurso lifeboat responds to cliff fall casualty

By David G Scott

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A multi-agency emergency team attended an area near Melvich yesterday afternoon (Thursday July 21) after a woman was reported to have fallen from a cliff.

Thurso RNLI Lifeboat, The Taylors, was launched at 12.32pm after responding to the report of a female who had fallen on the cliffs near Puffin Cove, East of Melvich.

A spokesperson for Thurso lifeboat said: "The female who was with a male companion is understood to have slipped on a steep grassy slope while descending the cliffs and is believed to have a broken ankle.

Thurso lifeboat helped after a woman fell from cliffs near Melvich. Picture: DGS
Thurso lifeboat helped after a woman fell from cliffs near Melvich. Picture: DGS

"The Taylors arrived on scene at 1.04pm and launched the inflatable ‘Y’ Boat with three crew members on board. The ‘Y’ boat was carefully manoeuvred through the rocks to a beach area. Two Casualty Care trained crew members went ashore and made their way up the cliff slopes to where the female was located. Two Scottish Ambulance Service personnel had the casualty under their care and the two crew members assisted them make her comfortable."

A Search and Rescue helicopter was requested but none was available. Local Coastguard teams then extracted the casualty up the cliffs to a waiting ambulance.

The Taylors left the area at 2.20pm, arriving back at Scrabster at 2.50pm. The Taylors was made ready for service at 3.36pm.

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