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Both RNLI Torbay lifeboats launch to assist severely injured water-skier

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Torbay volunteer lifeboat crews were called out on the evening of Sunday 19 June to reports of a water-skier who had sustained a significant leg injury at Elberry Cove (between Brixham and Paignton).


RNLI volunteer crew, paramedic and HM Coastguard attending the casualty

The RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat crew was initially tasked by HM Coastguard at around 8.05pm to assist the casualty on the beach at Elberry Cove following an accident. On arrival, the volunteer crew used the Y-boat carried aboard the Severn Class Alec & Christina Dykes to access the beach, where the casualty was found to have a significant hip injury.

On examination, it was suspected that the casualty had sustained a dislocated hip and was in considerable pain. The RNLI Torbay inshore lifeboat was then additionally tasked with a paramedic on board, bringing additional strong pain relief. Once this had been administered, it was possible to transfer the injured water-skier into the waiting Devon Air Ambulance (which had landed on the beach) for onward transfer to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, and urgent treatment.

  • Photograph 1 shows the casualty being treated on the beach by RNLI volunteer crew, paramedic and HM Coastguard teams
  • Photograph 2 shows the casualty being loaded aboard the Devon Air Ambulance on the beach at Elberry Cove

Photo credits: RNLI Torbay

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Casualty being loaded on to the Devon Air Ambulance

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