Cullercoats Lifeboat assists in rescue of teenager
Cullercoats RNLI was called out last night (Wednesday 10 May) at 7pm to aid a casualty who had fallen off rocks in Cullercoats Bay. Reports received said that the 11 year old had fallen 15-20 feet on rocks at the south side of the bay.
The lifeboat was returning from regular exercise, as it was approaching the harbour the crew noticed a group of youths waving frantically towards the direction of the lifeboat.
The lifeboat positioned itself alongside the pier where a member of the group informed the crew that one of their friends had fallen from the rocky ledge and appeared injured. Two crew members were put ashore with casualty care equipment to treat the young male.
The lifeboat radioed Humber Coastguard to update them of the situation and to request some assistance from the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB).
The crew checked the casualty's condition who appeared fine, but had suffered a small amount of pain from his ankle which appeared to be badly sprained.
With help from the TVLB the casualty was stretchered from the rocks and after the volunteer crew checked his welfare again they were satisfied the young man's condition was not serious and he was left in the care of his parents.
Frank Taylor, Operations Manager Cullercoats RNLI said: 'Our lifeboat was on its regular weekly exercise when we were alerted to a casualty on rocks in Cullercoats Bay. Fortunately, he was assessed by one of our volunteer crew who has been trained to give initial casualty care. RNLI training which goes to help Save Lives at Sea.'
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.