Jet ski accident at Budle Bay near Bamburgh
At 7.08pm on Tuesday 23rd August 2016, both Seahouses Lifeboats were at sea on exercise off Seahouses, when Humber Coastguard tasked the Inshore Lifeboat to an incident at Budle Bay, north of Bamburgh.
It was then decided to task the all-weather lifeboat also, because of additional medical equipment carried, including Entonox (pain relief) and a rigid stretcher. A crewman from the all-weather lifeboat was transferred to the inshore lifeboat to assist with any evacuation of the casualty.
It is not known how the accident happened, but Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton commented, “We want everyone to enjoy the coast, but this incident does highlight the need for care when using jet skis, as injuries can easily happen. This accident resulted in a serious injury which could have been worse. We hope she makes a full recovery, and comes back to enjoy the coast safely.”
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