Teddington RNLI evacuate casualty from Teddington Lock with foot injury
The volunteer crew of Teddington RNLI responded to a young man who had severely cut his foot on glass whilst crossing the rollers at Teddington Lock with a kayak.
At 1.56pm on Sunday 7 August, the volunteer crew of Teddington RNLI lifeboat station were launched on service at the request of London Coastguard to reports of a young man with an injured foot on Teddington Lock.
Volunteer helm, Andy Butterfield, and crew members James Kavanagh and Howard Evans, launched Teddington's D-Class lifeboat, Peter Saw, in minutes and were on scene with the casualty at 2.03pm.
James said: 'When we got to him at the lock, he was very pale and looked as though he had lost a significant amount of blood. The cut was quite severe.'
On scene, the Environment Agency, who man and maintain Teddington Lock, were providing first aid to the casualty but, despite bandaging it well, the casualty’s foot was still bleeding heavily.
Andy and Howard disembarked the lifeboat to help evacuate the young man. They carried him a short distance to the lifeboat, where James had prepared some additional bandages. Maintaining his foot elevated they returned slowly to Teddington lifeboat station.
James added: 'By the time we got him back to the station and elevated his leg, the bleeding had stopped and some colour had returned to his cheeks. I think he had been in a mild state of shock.'
At the time, the London Ambulance Service were particularly busy and unable to respond immediately, therefore, volunteer helmsman, Dan Crosby, brought his car down to the station to take the casualty to Teddington Memorial Hospital for further medical attention.
Once the casualty had left the crew recovered, refuelled and cleaned the boat, then reported to the Coastguard that they were ready for service again at 2.50pm.
Andy said: 'Many thanks to the Environment Agency for the first aid they provided and to Dan for driving the casualty to the hospital.'
The RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, also operates three other lifeboat stations on the River Thames; two in London at Chiswick and Tower, and one further east along the river at Gravesend in Kent.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.