Medical emergency on Holy Island: lifeboat transports ambulance crew
At 3.30pm on Tuesday 13 August 2019, Seahouses Lifeboat was requested to convey an ambulance crew to Holy Island, to treat a woman with abdominal pain.
Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat was launched, and stood by at Seahouses harbour, awaiting the arrival of the ambulance. An ambulance arrived from the nearby Belford station, and the crew were taken aboard the lifeboat. One of the lifeboat crew was also a doctor. At Holy Island, the lifeboat was met by the local Coastguard Team, and the woman was assessed by the paramedics and the crew doctor, and transferred to the lifeboat. She was then conveyed back to Seahouses aboard the lifeboat, where she was then taken by ambulance to hospital for further treatment.
The Lifeboat was then returned to its carriage by 5.15pm that day.
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.