Whitby RNLI's inshore lifeboat responds to injured surfer at Robin Hood's Bay.

Lifeboats News Release

The crew were paged yesterday afternoon (3 December) alongside the local coastguard and rescue helicopter.

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

Stock photo of Whitby RNLI's inshore lifeboat
The inshore lifeboat was launched at around 2.30pm after reports came in that a surfer was injured at Robin Hood's Bay.

The casualty was suffering from chest pains after becoming injured while surfing. The inshore lifeboat did a beach landing and offered first aid alongside the local coastguard team who were also in attendance.

Due to the sea conditions it was decided that it would not be safe to transfer the casualty to the lifeboat so the patient was taken by air ambulance to James Cook hospital.

The inshore lifeboat remained on the scene until all the other surfers and coastguard were safely off the rocks before returning to station.

Helm of the inshore lifeboat at the time, volunteer Mark Frankland said; 'Even the most experienced surfers can get into difficulty in the water. These coastal locations can be hard to reach for an ambulance so we are lucky to have the air ambulance to reach casualties quickly alongside the local rescue teams.

We recommend that surfers and other people enjoying the coast always carry a means of calling for help should an incident occur, you can alert the RNLI to an incident by calling 999 and asking for the coastguard.'

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