Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI work with Northumbria Ambulance Service during call

Lifeboats News Release

The all-weather lifeboat launched on Sunday 17 November at 3:45pm after receiving a request to launch from HM Coastguard.

The crew assembled to convey Paramedics from Northumbria Ambulance Service over to Holy Island as the causeway was closed until 8:50pm due to the tide being in.

On arrival to the island the lifeboat was met by Holy Island Coastguards, who took the paramedics to the casualty.

After assessment by the Paramedics, the casualty was taken on board the lifeboat, where the crew along with Paramedics sailed back to Berwick-upon-Tweed lifeboat station.

The casualty was then transferred to an awaiting ambulance and taken to hospital.

RNLI Head Coxswain Ally Laing said: 'This is another great multi-agency tasking that we all train for, in working together so save a person's life. We were pleased to be of assistance once again to Northumbria Ambulance Service and wish the casualty a speedy recovery.'

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