Volunteers assist casualty on way to RNLI college

From left: Ben Miller, Mathew Conley, Keith Dickson and Ross Conner, the Campbeltown Lifeboat Station volunteers who helped the couple. Photograph: RNLI/Carla Jackson.
From left: Ben Miller, Mathew Conley, Keith Dickson and Ross Conner, the Campbeltown Lifeboat Station volunteers who helped the couple. Photograph: RNLI/Carla Jackson.

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Four Campbeltown Lifeboat Station volunteers have been praised for helping a couple during a medical emergency as they travelled to RNLI College in Poole.

Ross Conner, Mathew Conley, Ben Miller and Keith Dickson had flown from Glasgow to Southampton and were making their way via train to the college for a crew emergency procedures course when a man in their carriage suffered a hypoglycaemic episode.

Between them, the crew assisted and reassured the man’s wife and alerted train staff to the emergency.

The couple were so grateful for their help that they contacted the college to show their appreciation, writing: ‘Dear sir/madam, yesterday, my husband and I were fortunate enough to be sharing a rail carriage with some of your volunteers from Campbeltown when my husband suffered a hypoglycaemic episode.

‘These young men were incredibly helpful and kind while this episode was ongoing, ensuring the guard was called, helping me with luggage and generally keeping a watchful and cheerful brief.’

Jill Hepburn, head of region (Scotland) at the RNLI, said: ‘This is true testament to teamwork and the selflessness that our crew demonstrate at all times.’

Campbeltown RNLI coxswain Ruaridh McAulay added: ‘I would like to pass on my thanks to Mathew, Ben, Ross and Keith who, when required, did all they could to assist a person in need.

‘They have proven themselves to be a real asset to the crew and I am very proud to know that when someone required help, they assisted in what way they could.’