Queensferry RNLI and Coastguard save a life

The South Queensferry lifeboat crew
The South Queensferry lifeboat crew

The RNLI Queensferry lifeboat station was called into action this week following reports of a person in the water.

A spokesman for the life-saving service said: “We were paged at 11.50am on April 18 after reports of a person in the water.

“The casualty was recovered by a local boat working in the area.

“Our lifeboat crew volunteers and South Queensferry Coastguard took over care of the casualty who was not breathing and carried out CPR.’’

The safety boats had recovered the casualty to Hawes Pier where the South Queensferry Coastguard Rescue team administered the life-saving CPR. Care for the casualty was then transferred to the paramedics at the scene.

In 2015 around 150 people were rescued by the Queensferry RNLI, making it the country’s busiest inshore lifeboat.

The figures released show the emergency vessel was launched 73 time, a record breaking amount for the charity.

The service has also been calling for more volunteers to come forward and assist in the RNLI’s charity shop. Based at Hawes Pier, the shop had closed since the end of January following the retirement of volunteer helper Rose Ritchie, who had managed the shop for three decades.