RNLI Barmouth assist HM Coastguard to rescue jet skier off rocks
On Thursday 24 October 2019, D Class in-shore lifeboat Craig Steadman was tasked by the Coastguard to launch to the aid of an injured jet skier.
In good visibility and slight seas, inshore lifeboat Craig Steadman, with volunteer crew Daryl James, Bob Vaughan and Russell Courtney at the helm, launched at 4.05pm to the north of Sunnysands caravan park to assist two persons on the rocks.
On arriving at the scene, one of the jet skiers had returned unaided to the shore uninjured. The second Jet skier required assistance off the rocks as he was suffering pain to his hip area. In difficult conditions, the casualty was rescued from the rock area by two of the volunteer RNLI crew using a stretcher supplied by the supporting Coastguard team.
The rescue needed great care to ensure the safety of the casualty, crew and inshore lifeboat CraigSteadmanas the rescue occurred off the rocks on an incoming tide with breaking surf.
The casualty was handed over to the Coastguard team and first responder to be checked over before the lifeboat returned to Barmouth boathouse at 4.50pm and was readied for service by 5.15pm
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For more information please contact Sarah Radford Barmouth Lifeboat Deputy Press Officer on 07887492210 or Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer – Wales and North West on 07771941390/01745585162
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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.