Hartlepool RNLI assist injured walker
Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged by Humber Coastguard at 10.39am on Saturday 2nd November to assist a walker who had fallen around 15ft from a cliff footpath onto the beach at Beacon Point near Easington Colliery, County Durham.
The inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew launched at 10.49am and arrived on scene at 11.10am where two crew members went ashore to administer first aid to the casualty.
A short time later local Coastguard teams arrived at the scene where due to the location of the casualty and the nature of the injuries it was decided to request a Coastguard helicopter to remove the injured person.
The casualty was then transferred to the helicopter which had landed on the beach and was then flown to James Cook Hospital at Middlesbrough.
The inshore lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 1.25pm and was refuelled and made ready for service by 2.00pm.
Inshore lifeboat helm Darren Killick said ‘Two of the crew went ashore to administer first aid and due to the location of the casualty and the suspected injuries it was decided the appropriate method of extraction was by helicopter’.
‘This is a typical scenario we regularly train for and it was also good to work alongside our local Coastguard teams’.
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.