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GP winched onto oil tanker to aid sailors

Dr Christine Bradshaw's Saturday surgery this week involved being winched from a lifeboat onto a helicopter in 80 mph winds and then lowered on to an oil tanker to help three

seriously injured sailors.

Dr Bradshaw, who has recently taken a GP assistant post in Hoy, Orkney Islands, was part of the Shetland coastguard team called out to the Fr8 Venture.

The three sailors were injured when the tanker was hit by a 100 foot wave while heading through the Pentland Firth.

Although she has anaesthetics and intensive care skills

and is used to dealing with

trauma, this was the first time Dr Bradshaw had been winched onto a boat. She and the winch man, who is also a paramedic, were the only clinicians attending the scene.

Dr Bradshaw, who moved from Cornwall to take the assistant job, said she was so focused on the job in hand there was no time to be nervous.

'All I was thinking about was what I was going to do with

the casualties,' she said. 'If there is a whole team there it is a

different story, but if you are

on your own you have to be thinking "what am I going to do?" and "how am I going to cope with it?"'

One of the casualties was dead when Dr Bradshaw arrived, the second died while still on board and the third had spinal injuries and was airlifted to Aberdeen.

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