Injured boy rescued from Portlethen rocks

A 14-year-old boy had to be rescued from rocks off Portlethen on Sunday evening by the RNLI Stonehaven lifeboat crew.

Monday, 28th June 2021, 8:30 am
The crew returns to the lifeboat with the stretcher, having carried the casualty to the ambulance.

The boy had slipped and hurt his ankle while out with friends at the coast in Portlethen and the UK Coastguard was called.

The Stonehaven inshore lifeboat the Jamie Hunter was launched just after 5.30pm, in good weather conditions.

The volunteer crew found the boy and recovered him onto the Atlantic 85 lifeboat, before delivering him to Old Portlethen harbour where the lifeboat and coastguard teams carried him to a waiting ambulance.

The rescue and return to Stonehaven harbour took around an hour-and-a-half.

Commenting on the incident, Kenny Jones, RNLI helm for Stonehaven’s lifeboat, said: “The good weather over the

weekend brought a lot of people out to enjoy being in, on and around the water.

“However accidents can and do happen, and you should always be aware of risks and potential dangers of what you plan to do, and think about how you can reduce these risks.

“The lad was in an inaccessible part of our coastline when he slipped and damaged his ankle, and was lucky he was with his friends.

“When he found he couldn’t walk on his ankle, his friends - quite rightly - raised the alarm by calling the coastguard.

“If you see anyone in difficulty, or get into difficulty yourself round the coast, you should call the coastguard on 999 or 112.

“After the crew administered first aid, he was carried on the stretcher to the boat.

"He was in good spirits and we were quickly at Old Portlethen harbour where we were met by the coastguard teams.

“He’ll have had quite a fright but we are here to help, and we’re glad that it was another successful rescue for the RNLI.”

The RNLI says heading down to the coast or out on the water is a great way to have fun and stay active. But, if you're not careful, it's a lot easier to get into trouble in the water than you might think. Conditions can change quickly and, if you're not prepared, you can easily get caught out.

You can find out more about how to stay safe on the coasts and in coastal waters by visiting rnli.org/safety