Byline: Loch Ness RNLI lifeboat volunteers launch in multi-agency response
Page Content: Loch Ness RNLI lifeboat team were launched after HM Coastguard receive a report that a car had come off the A82 and crashed down an embankment into the freezing waters of Loch Ness just before 8pm on Sunday 8th March 2015.
Volunteers Jamie Young, Neil Stebbings and Martin Douglas took the Atlantic 75 class lifeboat, Colin James Daniel, onto the loch and headed for the incident which occurred near Invermoriston.
The Scottish Ambulance Service, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue services also deployed personnel and specialist teams in the multi-agency response to the incident.
The RNLI crew were stood down en route as the person was recovered from the water.
Loch Ness RNLI volunteer crew member Neil Stebbings says: "We responded with our specialist casualty handling equipment. It was totally dark and the water was extremely cold so it was vital to get to the scene as quickly and safely as possible to contribute to the combined rescue efforts."
Crew member Martin Douglas added: "Access from the roadside to the loch is notoriously difficult and we are able to recover a casualty and transfer them directly to a helicopter or to our land based colleagues as required, giving emergency medical treatment for any injuries sustained by the casualty. We train with the other emergency services to ensure an effective rescue and coordination of resources"
The entire rescue effort was coordinated by the HM Coastguard duty watch team from base in Aberdeen with Fire and Rescue and Ambulance officers managing the situation locally.