Lifeboats launched to assist woman

Aberdeen's all weather lifeboat 'Bon Accord'
Aberdeen's all weather lifeboat 'Bon Accord'

Two Aberdeen lifeboats were called out on Tuesday evening to assist a woman who had fallen from her horse while riding on the beach.

The HM Coastguard requested for the two lifeboats to launch and attend the incident just south of the Ythan Estuary at around 8pm on September 11.

After arriving at the scene Aberdeen’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) met members of Aberdeen Coastguard Rescue Team and made a provisional assessment of the woman.

The ILB then met the all-weather lifeboat a short distance offshore to ferry a doctor – a volunteer member of the lifeboat crew – to shore to assess and assist the woman further.

The RNLI doctor recommended that the woman be taken to hospital by helicopter, leading to the arrival of Inverness-based Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 951.

Meantime, the Scottish Ambulance Service Special Operations Rescue Team (SORT) arrived on scene and moved the woman, using their specialist Polaris all-terrain ambulance, to an accessible helicopter landing site.

Rescue 951 worked with the SORT ambulance to transfer the injured woman to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

The lifeboats then returned to Aberdeen Lifeboat Station at around 11.30pm.