Coastguard

Coastguard team called to Knab’s rescue


What started as a missing person call turned into a technical rescue last night as one person got into trouble on the cliffs of the Knab, Lerwick.

The call arrived around 6:30 p.m. on July 29, with coastguard teams from Lerwick, Sumburgh and Walls responding. They were joined at the Knab by the crew of the Lerwick lifeboat who had already assembled for an evening training exercise.

The crew were asked to locate an adult female in need of assistance on the cliffs and, after quickly locating the victim, the officer in charge deemed the situation critical due to her precarious position near a high point. cliffs.

The crew were able to guide other emergency services to their location, while the lifeboat deployed the inflatable “Y-boat” on the water as a precaution.

The victim was picked up from the top of the cliff by Coast Guard rescue teams using specialized rope rescue equipment and transferred to the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service at around 8 p.m.

Coxswain Darren Harcus said: “Our team of volunteers responded quickly to the call to launch and locate the victim and support other colleagues in the emergency services.

“We are delighted to see that this incident ended well with the victim safely recovered for medical treatment.”

The sea conditions were light, with light northerly winds and a few low clouds.


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