Multi agency recovery of injured man from foreshore

Lifeboats News Release

Chiswick RNLI lifeboat launched to reports of an injured man on the foreshore at Strand-on-the-Green on Thursday evening 15 August 2019.

London Ambulance Service paramedics had already arrived and were carrying out initial assessments. RNLI Helm Mark Turrell manoeuvred through shallow water to let lifeboat crew Andy Butler on shore. As the man had fallen head first onto the foreshore six feet below the towpath, the paramedics were anxious to transfer him into the ambulance but couldn’t get him up off the foreshore; after a brief discussion with the paramedics the lifeboat crew brought their basket stretcher from the lifeboat. Working as a team they lifted the casualty in the stretcher up onto the towpath and then transferred him to the ambulance trolley.

RNLI lifeboat helm Mark Turrell commented ‘This was the latest of many incidents where our ability to approach a casualty from the river, when the landside emergency services can’t easily gain access, made a crucial difference to the time taken to transfer a casualty to hospital.’

Chiswick RNLI lifeboat station is the second busiest in the UK and Ireland. Since The RNLI search and rescue service on the Thames started in 2002, Chiswick Lifeboat has attended over 3,500 incidents and rescued over 1,750 people, and dozens of dogs. The RNLI is entirely funded by public donations.

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Basket Stretcher

RNLI/David Clarke

Basket Stretcher
Preparing basket stretcher for casualty

RNLI/David Clarke

Preparing basket stretcher for casualty

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