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Emergency services / Coastguard volunteer wins Pride of Scotland award

Jamie Newlands. Photo: Pride of Scotland

A COASTGUARD rescue officer who came to the aid of a teenager stuck on cliffs in Fethaland has won a national award.

Jamie Newlands has been given the first Pride of Scotland emergency service award.

Voluntary coastguard rescue teams, the Sumburgh based search and rescue helicopter and Aith lifeboat were all tasked in poor weather and limited visibility after the man became stuck down the foot of a cliff in May 2018.

Cliff technician Newlands was lowered down the 130ft cliff and secured the casualty before the pair was hoisted back up. It was his first job of that type.

The local coastguard service said they were “very proud” of Newlands’ award win.

Newlands was presented with his award at the event by Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil.

The Pride of Scotland Awards will be shown on STV at 10.45pm on New Year’s Eve.

The local coastguard rescue teams were also awarded the prestigious DfT Rescue Shield for the Fethaland incident last year.