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Appledore RNLI carries out medical evacuation from Lundy.

Lifeboats News Release

Following a request from South West Ambulance Service through the Coastguard, Appledore RNLI was tasked today, Tuesday 12 December, to bring a lady back from Lundy who needed to visit a Hospital’s Accident and Emergency after lacerating her arm.

Appledore RNLI is tasked to Lundy for a medical evacuation


Appledore RNLI is tasked to Lundy for a medical evacuation

The Lundy First Responder had assessed and dressed the arm and made the request for the lady’s evacuation to hospital.

Our volunteer RNLI crew launched the all-weather boat at around 12.45 pm and returned from Lundy with the casualty to Appledore at approximately 3.00 pm where she was handed over to the ambulance service who were waiting to take her straight to hospital.

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