Lifeboat brings Paramedics to Caldey Island after person suffers a head injury

Lifeboats News Release

Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch with Paramedics aboard shortly before 1pm on Monday 9th July after a report from the Welsh Ambulance Service that somebody had fallen, suffering a head injury.

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Once on the water, the lifeboat made best speed to Caldey, where the boat was met at the slipway by Caldey Coastguard who took the Paramedics and a member of the lifeboat crew up to where the casualty was lying.

After making an assessment, the Paramedics decided that the best way of getting the casualty off the island was by air, but unfortunately, neither the Air Ambulance or Coastguard Rescue Helicopter were available due to other commitments, which left the lifeboat as the last option.

The casualty was immobilised and made as comfortable as possible before being brought slowly down to the jetty and transferred aboard the lifeboat for the short journey back to Tenby Harbour, before being placed in the back of the ambulance and taken to hospital for treatment.

The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 4pm.

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