Poole lifeboat involved in medical evacuation from Brownsea Island
Whilst returning from exercise from the western end of Poole Harbour (Tuesday May 28th) the lifeboat was tasked in earnest to a help with a medical evacuation of a young person who had encountered a head injury, whilst staying on Brownsea Island.
The Lifeboat was tasked just after 9pm to transport two paramedics from the lifeboat station to Brownsea. The lifeboat transferred the paramedics and one crew member ashore at Brownsea Pier, where a vehicle was standing by to take them down to the camping area, which is three quarters of the way down the south side of the Island.
The Lifeboat went around to the south of the island near to the camping area, where another crew member went ashore with a stretcher.
The casualty was transported by vehicle, on the stretcher back to the landing pier by the Castle, where the lifeboat was now standing by.
The two paramedics and a leader came aboard the lifeboat with the casualty on the stretcher, the lifeboat brought them all safely back to the station where an ambulance was standing by to take the casualty onto hospital.
Conditions in the harbour were reasonably calm, however it was a dark night with a slight North Westerly breeze.
As the lifeboat steadily brought the casualty and paramedics back to the station between the quays, the dolphin who has been in and the about the harbour these past few days popped up and swam alongside.
Earlier in the day the scout group had visited the Old Lifeboat Station on the quay, discovering the history and the work that the lifeboat crews do, who would have of thought some 12 hours later that one of the group would have needed a lifeboat to bring them ashore.
The lifeboat refuelled and was made ready for service just after midnight.
Volunteer Helm Jonathan Clark said;
‘It has been a busy few days for all at the station, with a variation of jobs, we will always be there to help’
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.