North Berwick RNLI lifeboat launch to treat injured kayaker at the old pier Nort

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About 3.30pm today (Sunday 13 May) North Berwick RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew launched to assist in treating an injured kayaker at the old pier in North Berwick.

Lifeboat crew & Coastguard on pier steps at North Berwick

RNLI/Yvonne Fairholm (crew)

North Berwick Lifeboat crew assessing casualty on Old pier North Berwick

About 3.30pm today (Sunday 13 May) North Berwick RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew launched to assist in treating an injured kayaker at the old pier in North Berwick.

A volunteer crew of four launched the inshore lifeboat Evelyn M to an injured kayaker on the old pier at North Berwick. The 49-year-old male had fallen and was treated for a suspected dislocated knee. The crew undergo rigorous casualty care first aid training. As the crew are volunteers they come from a variety of different employers. On this occasion there was an engineer, a quantity surveyor, an IT consultant and a Paramedic. There was also a passing GP who assisted at the scene.

The casualty was treated at the pier until the Scottish Ambulance Service arrived and extracted him using an orthopaedic stretcher. North Berwick Coastguard rescue team and North Berwick Lifeboat then assisted in transferring the injured male to an ambulance trolley. He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

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