Fishguard lifeboat crew assist RNLI lifeguards treating man with broken ankle

Lifeguards News Release

Fishguard RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to support RNLI lifeguards treating a man who broke his ankle at the rivermouth at Newport Beach.

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The charity's lifeguards working on Newport Beach were alerted to the man on Monday afternoon (7 August). Two lifeguards were first on scene and found the man in a lot of pain and needing to be moved because of the incoming tide.

They immobilised the man's leg and made him as comfortable as possible and after a third member of the lifeguard team arrived they administered pain relief.

The UK Coastguard had meanwhile requested the launch of Fishguard RNLI's D class lifeboat Edward Arthur Richardson and it was on the water by 4.04pm.

The volunteer crew proceeded to Newport Bay to offer assistance to the 50-year-old injured man.

In good weather with a light south south-westerly wind and good visibility the crew arrived on scene at 4.18pm to find the casualty being attended to by the lifeguards. A Coastguard Rescue Team were also in attendance.

The lifeboat crew went ashore and assisted the lifeguards in carrying the casualty to an awaiting vehicle to be transported to a waiting ambulance.

They lifeboat then returned to base, arriving at 5.06pm.

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