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Whitby RNLI volunteers called after woman falls from quayside

Lifeboats News Release

Whitby RNLI crew were paged at 4.20pm today (Saturday 14 May) after a woman fell from the quayside into the harbour.

The woman suffered injuries during the fall and was retrieved from the water by members of the public.

The inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched, the crew helped stabilise the casualty at the scene. The casualty was then transferred by the ILB to Tate Hill beach where the Yorkshire Air Ambulance landed and took the casualty to James Cook hospital.

Whitby RNLI mechanic Richard Dowson said: 'The crew responded quickly to reach the casualty, they then worked together to transfer the casualty safely to the air ambulance which was waiting nearby.'

Once the helicopter had left the scene the ILB returned to the station and was made ready for service.

RNLI media contacts

For more information contact Whitby RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes, 07813 359428, or RNLI PR Manager, North, Alison Levett, on 07786 668912.

Picture captions

1 A Whitby RNLI volunteer crew member holds a flare to help the air ambulance land. Credit Ceri Oakes.

2 Whitby RNLI volunteers help paramedics carry the casualty. Credit Ceri Oakes.

3. The air ambulance preparing to leave.Credit Ceri Oakes

4. The air ambulance taking off for James Cook Hospital. Credit Ceri Oakes

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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