Rescue teams take part in multi-agency exercise

Arran RNLI, Arran Coastguard Rescue and the Arran Mountain Rescue Team are pictured at the RNLI station in Lamlash.

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Rescue teams on Arran got together for a multi-agency exercise at the weekend in preparation for the summer season.

Arran RNLI, Arran Coastguard Rescue and the Arran Mountain Rescue Team (AMRT) and their vehicles were seen responding to a number of practice  scenarios across the island to locate, treat and evacuate multiple casualties.

In one mock incident on nearby Holy Isle, a climber had got into difficulty on a high ridge and had to be located and then stretchered – owing to a lower leg injury- from their location on the ridge to the slipway for evacuation by lifeboat.

A further two casualties were also reported to be in difficulty along the coast between Brodick and Lamlash, to which the emergency services responded.

The Arran RNLI, along with the Coastguard team, located them and requested assistance from Arran MRT to evacuate one of the more seriously injured casualties with a suspected spinal injury from steep ground. A lowering system was set up and the casualty was taken to safe ground to be evacuated.

A spokesman from the Arran Coastguard said: ‘An excellent and enjoyable day, exercising alongside Arran Mountain Rescue Team and the Arran RNLI. The busier the island gets, the more likely that such simultaneous multiple casualty call-outs become so it’s great to get everyone together for such an exercise before the tourist season begins in earnest.’




AMRT members prepare a rope system to lower a casualty to safety. No_B10rescue05