UK. Coastguard and Police co-ordinate rescue of man suffering from burn & hypothermia from Loch Lomond

Sunday, 19 November 2006

A man, believed to be in his mid thirties is being treated for hypothermia and severe burns to his arms and lower legs after his car caught fire off a side road by Loch Lomond, the casualty was recovered from the water.

The alarm was raised by a member of the public, who dialled '999' and asked for the Coastguard. Clyde Coastguard and Strathclyde Police jointly co-ordinated the search and rescue of the casualty on the inland loch of Loch Lomond.  Rescue helicopter 177 from RAF Prestwick was scrambled and the Helensburgh and Greenock Coastguard Rescue teams were sent to the scene.  Also in attendance were the Loch Lomond Ranger Service and the Loch Lomond Rescue boat as well as all Emergency services; Police and the Police helicopter, Fire Brigade and Ambulance service.

Stuart Atkinson, Watch Manager, Clyde Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre said: "The casualty we believe ran into the water suffering from burns caused by his vehicle which was on fire. The casualty has since been rescued from the water by a small cabin cruiser and was treated by paramedics on scene and then taken by Rescue helicopter to Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley to receive medical attention for hypothermia and severe burns. This inland incident is a prime example of the good working relationship of inter-services working together."

Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 November 2006 )