Warm Easter weather keeps Exmouth RNLI volunteers busy

Lifeboats News Release

Inshore lifeboat George Bearman II launched on Saturday 20 April at 2.07pm. A 65-year-old woman was suffering hip injuries at Dawlish Warren and needed pain relief urgently. Shore crew volunteers also attended a lady with chest pains, at the time of launch, near the boathouse.

Exmouth lifeboat Crew and Teignmouth Coastguard Rescue volunteers carry the casualty on a stretcher for more medical care

Teignmouth Coastguard Rescue Team

Exmouth RNLI Crew and Teignmouth Coastguard volunteers carry the casualty to the rescue helicopter

An off-duty Paramedic on scene at Dawlish Warren considered she was in urgent need of Entonox. Coastguard Rescue 187 helicopter from St. Athan was also proceeding and Teignmouth Coastguard Rescue Team were already on the scene.

The casualty was found sitting, leaning back on rocks when the D class lifeboat reached the location, within eight minutes. Crew volunteers assessed the casualty with casualty care cards before administering Entonox. There were no contra-indications and the pain score was 10.

When Rescue 187 arrived, the medic administered morphine and the casualty was then air-lifted to Derriford Hospital. Crew departed casualty at 3.03pm, returned to station at 3.18pm and was ready for service again at 3.30pm.

Helm, Henry Mock described the scene:

‘When we arrived on scene, Teignmouth Coastguard Rescue team had already cleared the beach and water around the casualty for us and the helicopter’s arrival. We in turn, were able to get to the casualty quickly and safely and carry the stretcher to the helicopter with the Coastguard team. I would like to thank all the members of the public at Dawlish Warren that afternoon for giving us room to work together, to ensure the best emergency care for the lady.’

In an email to thank Exmouth’s station volunteers, the casualty’s partner said on Monday:

‘Without the Entonox that you so kindly raced around in your inshore lifeboat and then so skilfully administered, my partner would have been in agony for a lot longer! The team at Plymouth Hospital successfully put her hip back into place on Sunday and we were able to drive back home by the evening.’

Soon after George Bearman II launched, a member of the public requested assistance, as a lady had collapsed opposite Exmouth lifeboat station with chest pain radiating to her back. Three crew members attended, called the Ambulance and were assisting with casualty care assessment when two passing doctors stopped to help. They advised administering Aspirin. The ambulance crew arrived, commenced an ECG assessment and took the casualty to hospital.


PR220419 Exmouth RNLI volunteers and Teignmouth Coastguard Rescue team carry casualty to the helicopter (Credit: Teignmouth Coastguard)

PR220419 Exmouth D class inshore lifeboat George Bearman II at Dawlish Warren as Coastguard Rescue 187 lands on the beach (Credit: Exmouth RNLI)

Notes to editors

Exmouth RNLI are currently recruiting a variety of shore-based volunteer roles. Applications need to be made online, following the relevant links, by 1 June:

Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM): https://bit.ly/2u7XnS5

Deputy Launching Authority (DLA): https://bit.ly/2u06VyK

(for enquiries for both, please email nigel_jones@rnli.org.uk)

Lifeboat Administrative Officer (LAO): https://bit.ly/2u3WxWQ

(for enquiries, please email chair@exmouthlifeboat.org.uk)

Community Safety Advisers (CSA): https://bit.ly/2T0EDhp

(for enquiries, please email safety@exmouthlifeboat.org.uk)

Fundraising Box Secretary: https://bit.ly/2Che3uS

(for enquiries, please email ellie_walker@rnli.org.uk)


The next RNLI lifejacket clinic will take place at NCI Open Day on 8 June.

· Exmouth lifeboat station has been operating since 1803. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: www.exmouthlifeboat.org.uk

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D class lifeboat George Bearman II and Coastguard Rescue 187 helicopter on Dawlish Warren beach

Exmouth RNLI

Coastguard Rescue 187 helicopter lands on Dawlish Warren beach

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