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Seahouses lifeboat called twice, minutes apart, for separate incidents

Lifeboats News Release

At 3.28pm on Friday 28th July 2017, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses inshore lifeboat, to assist the ambulance service with an injured male on Bamburgh beach, with a suspected broken ankle.

One option would be to remove the casualty by sea to a better location to transfer him to an ambulance. Local Coastguard Rescue Officers from Seahouses and Holy Island also were travelling to the scene by road.

Seahouses inshore lifeboat was launched and conveyed the plastic basket stretcher, and entonox (pain relief), to the casualty’s location.

Meanwhile at 3.34pm that day, UK Coastguard received a further emergency call reporting a missing swimmer at Embleton Bay. The Seahouses all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch immediately, in addition to the inshore lifeboat from Craster. Local coastguard teams from Seahouses and Howick were also tasked. Shortly after launching, the swimmer was located safe and well. Craster inshore lifeboat attended and checked the casualty to ensure he did not require any further medical assistance. Seahouses lifeboat which was still on route to the scene, was cancelled, and redeployed itself to the Bamburgh incident, to back up the inshore lifeboat. On reaching the area, UK Coastguard personnel were reported to have the situation well in hand, and were carrying the casualty across the beach and over the dunes to an awaiting ambulance. Both lifeboats were then stood down.

The Seahouses lifeboats returned to station, and were refuelled and ready for service at 5pm that day.

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