Injured dog walker offered assistance by Llandudno RNLI shorecrew
At 5.25pm on Saturday (16 February) whilst conducting their duties following the launch of both Llandudno lifeboats, the crew were alerted to an emergency on the shore line right outside the boathouse at Craig y Don on the north shore.
A dog walker had unfortunately taken a very bad fall and was in a very precarious situation with the incoming tide only metres away and darkness fast approaching. Led by the duty head launcher Ralph Hughes, members of the volunteer crew arrived to assist within minutes of the accident occurring.
Ralph conducted an immediate assessment of the lady's injuries and her potentially perilous position. It was evident that she had a significant fracture to her left arm, was in great pain and unable to move from her position.
Arrangements were rapidly made to stretcher her off the beach and return to the boathouse a few hundred metres away. Once this had occurred the casualty was made comfortable and prepared for the arrival of the Welsh Ambulance Service.
After the event, the crew were able to reflect on how fortunate it was for the accident to occur so close to the boat house and not at an isolated area nearer the Little Orme, where outcomes might have been very different. They were also very grateful to the volunteers of the St John Ambulance service who had been in the vicinity and provided valuable assistance in caring for the casualty.
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