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RNLI rescue injured sailor near Mull of Kintyre

An RNLI lifeboat attended the scene (stock picture)
An RNLI lifeboat attended the scene (stock picture)

An injured sailor has been rescued by the RNLI during an early morning operation near the Mull of Kintyre.

Volunteers from Red Bay RNLI in Co Antrim launched their all-weather lifeboat at 1.30am on Thursday to come to the aid of five people on board a 45ft yacht.

One of the sailors was suffering from severe back pain and required medical attention.

A short time later a second all-weather lifeboat from Campbeltown RNLI in Scotland was dispatched to the scene.

A paramedic was able to board the yacht while Red Bay RNLI illuminate the area with spotlights and the injured sailor was transferred to hospital by Campbeltown RNLI.

Speaking following the call out, Red Bay RNLI Coxswain Paddy McLaughlin said the team hopes the sailor makes a full and quick recovery.

"As he was suffering from severe pain back and in need of medical attention, the challenge for both lifeboat crews this morning was to ensure he was assessed and safely transferred onto the lifeboat," he said.

"The call out which was co-ordinated by our colleagues in Belfast Coastguard highlights the close working relationships we have with volunteer crews across the RNLI, both here and in Scotland."

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