Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI assist with fallen casualty

Lifeboats News Release

Berwick-upon Tweed inshore lifeboat was launched at 8.28pm on Saturday 25 April after receiving a request by UK Coastguard to assist Berwick Coastguards and Northumbria Paramedics with a casualty who had fallen next to the river beside the Berwick Castle ruins and Royal Border Bridge.

Crew preparing to launch to assist in Medi Vac

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

Preparing to launch

The casualty had fallen fifteen feet onto the mud and rocks below where the tide was ebbing at the time.


Helm Robert Frost said:

"Once on scene the paramedics were already there and had the casualty made comfortable and in a stretcher. The RNLI crew with the help of Berwick Coastguard carefully carried the casualty to the lifeboat and casualty was then transferred to the pontoon in Berwick harbour for ease of access due to tidal conditions.

"On arrival at the pontoon, Berwick and Eyemouth Coastguards both then helped transfer the casualty from the lifeboat up to the ambulance along with ILB Crew, Richard Cox, Michael Percy and Amy Faragher.

"All RNLI volunteers who attended the call out followed the correct Covid-19 guidance and procedures as laid down by the RNLI and government advice."

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