Eyemouth RNLI assist casualty after a fall on rocks
Both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch by the UK Coastguard at 6pm on Tuesday 6th August 2019 to assist with a casualty who had fallen on the rocks near the Eyemouth Caravan Park.
The volunteer crews boarded both the all-weather and inshore lifeboat and proceeded to scene. Arriving on scene first, four RNLI crew members went ashore to assist with casualty care. They were soon joined by Coastguard teams from Eyemouth, Berwick and Dunbar, Scottish Fire and rescue from Eyemouth, Police Scotland and Scottish Ambulance Service.
The emergency teams all worked to together to stabilise the casualty and place them in a stretcher for extrication.
Given the location of the casualty and the nature of the injuries, the Coastguard helicopter based at Prestwick was requested for an evacuation to hospital by air. The casualty was transferred to the top of the cliff before being airlifted to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for further treatment.
Eyemouth RNLI coxswain Andrew Jamieson commended the swift action of his crew and the collaboration between multiple agencies for a swift, safe evacuation of the casualty. Andrew said: This rescue demonstrated the excellent teamwork of all agencies involved. Arriving on scene first, our volunteers were able to stabilise the casualty before a decision was made for the safest extraction. We wish the casualty a speedy recovery’.
Both lifeboats stood down and returned to Eyemouth harbour ready for service at 8:30pm.
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, in a normal year, 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.