COASTGUARD HELICOPTER FLIES TO AID OF INJURED NORWEGIAN FISHERMAN Published: 16 April, 2010
Stornoway Coastguard were called on Thursday evening to assist a Norwegian registered fishing vessel with an injured crewman, fishing sixty nautical miles west of North Uist.
The 33 year old injured Norwegian fisherman had sustained a serious injury to his arm.
The coastguard connected the skipper to a duty doctor at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for medical advice. The doctor, after talking with the skipper, concluded that the crewman should be evacuated to a hospital for immediate medcial care and a helicopter from ARCC Kinloss and the Coastguard helicopter based at Stornoway were scrambled.The fisherman was winched off the vessel into the aircraft and immediately treated by the paramedic crewman whilst en route to the hospital.The helicopter landed at the Western Isles hospital where the crewman is receiving further treatment.
Maggie McKay,Watch Manager, at Stornoway Coastguard said: ‘This was an urgent mission to evacuate the injured crewman. Due to the speed of the evacuation, and the man receiving immediate medical care whilst in the aircraft, the man will have a greater chance of recovery.