Whitby RNLI tend to woman injured while walking at Ravenscar.

Lifeboats News Release

The multi agency rescue took place on Monday 22nd July.

Whitby RNLI were paged when the local coastguard were alerted to a woman injured at the bottom of the cliff path at Ravenscar.

The area, which is home to a number of seal colonies, is difficult to access - so the inshore lifeboat was launched which can negotiate shallow waters. The all-weather lifeboat was also in attendance as support.

On arrival at the scene the RNLI volunteers administered first aid alongside the Ravenscar and Whitby Coastguard teams. It was decided that the safest method of extracting the casualty, due to the location, was by helicopter.

Rescue 912 arrived quickly on the scene and once the casualty had been given pain relief she was assessed by the winchman paramedic and then transferred by helicopter to a waiting ambulance at the top of the cliff.

The RNLI crew were stood down and returned to the lifeboat station.

Whitby RNLI inshore lifeboat helm Jamie White said. 'It's not every day you have to negotiate your way through a group of seals to get to a casualty. we would advise anyone visiting these kind of areas that are difficult to access to carry a means of calling for help, as this lady did. Things can change very quickly in and around the water and you never know when you might find yourself requiring help along the coast.'

If you get into difficulty along the coast or at sea call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

For more information contact lifeboat press officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at ceri_oakes@Hotmail.com


Whitby RNLI return to the inshore lifeboat near the Ravenscar seal colonies

Rob Parkin - Whitby Coastguard

Whitby RNLI return to the inshore lifeboat near the Ravenscar seal colonies

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