Wells-next-the-Sea RNLI lifeboat acts as an ambulance to ferry injured woman
The crew of Wells RNLI inshore lifeboat used all their ingenuity to covert their lifeboat into a makeshift ambulance to transport in injured woman on a stretcher to safety.
It’s understood the woman, in her mid-50s, was out walking when she fell and suffered a broken shoulder and a dislocated knee. The accident happened at an area known as Titchwell Drain, about ¾ of a mile west of Brancaster Golf Club on the North Norfolk coast.
The paramedics were called and they treated her on site, giving her pain-killing drugs and gas, but the ambulance was unable to reach her because of the terrain.
As the tide was in, it made it possible to get to the site by sea, so the inshore lifeboat, which is a rigid inflatable, was called in. The crew launched at 12 midday on Saturday 28 May and arrived at the scene a short time later.
To make room for the stretcher on the lifeboat, one of the crew gave up his place and stayed behind. The woman was then ferried to the beach near the golf club and taken to the waiting ambulance by the paramedics, assisted by the crew and the local coastguard. The woman was taken in the ambulance to hospital.
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