Harwich RNLI launch to injured Jet Skier

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An injured Jet Skier led to the launch of the Harwich RNLI inshore lifeboat at lunchtime on 21 April.

Harwich RNLI Inshore Lifeboat

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Harwich RNLI Inshore Lifeboat
The all-weather lifeboat was also brought to standby/immediate readiness in case it was required to assist.

On arrival at the reported position, out at the Cork Sand, the person with a dislocated shoulder was taken on board the inshore lifeboat for return to the harbour.

Just before 1pm, the individual was landed at the Port of Felixstowe, into the care of an Ambulance team for further treatment and transfer to hospital.

The Jet Skier was part of a group of Jet Skiers out together. The group were well equipped and knew the action that needed to be taken to request assistance. A Harwich based fishing vessel, the Bonnie Lass also stood by until the lifeboat arrived on scene, providing a fleece blanket to try and warm the individual, and warm tea.

Commenting on the incident, a spokesperson for Harwich RNLI said: 'Before going to sea, preparation is essential. However, as this incident has shown, things can and do still go wrong, it's one of those things. We have received feedback from the group that the individual's shoulder required some serious persuasion to sit right again, but a great outcome in the end with care of the Ambulance crew from the Port of Felixstowe, and the hospital team at Ipswich hospital.

' As we see increasingly, preparation, team work, and everybody working together is the key to successful outcomes, including the actions of passing vessels such as the Bonnie Lass. We wish the individual well, and we're pleased we could be there to help.'

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