Gratitude for saving diver’s life

St Abbs RNLI lifeboat station
St Abbs RNLI lifeboat station

A diver who saw their friend brought back to life by the St Abbs lifeboat crew in a dramatic rescue has thanked the closure-threatened volunteers.

Two weeks ago the crew raced to rescue the injured diver from rocks at St Abbs Head. It took them just five minutes to launch their boat and reach the woman, who they pulled, unconscious, from the water.

She was given oxygen and within minutes she had been handed over to an ambulance at the harbour, before being flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where she was treated for pleurisy. In a letter sent to the volunteers the injured diver’s companion stressed that the St Abbs crew’s quick response saved her life.

It read: “I was one of the divers out at Cathedral Rock with the injured diver and while we had managed to drag our injured friend on top of the rocks, she was in a bad state, unconscious and barely breathing. She required immediate attention.

“The quick response of your crew getting to us, the supply of oxygen to the injured diver and her return to shore and care that followed, in my opinion, saved her life.

“It was impressive to see how quickly and organised the volunteers mobilised but also the attention that was given to us who were in various states of shock from the incident was greatly appreciated.”