Portrush RNLI launched to reports off a woman injured in Coasteering accident at
Portrush RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by the Coastguard today (Saturday 1st August) at 1.15 pm to reports of a 50 year old woman who had been injured in a coasteering incident at Dunseverick
Portrush RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by the Coastguard today (Saturday 1st August) at 1.15 pm to reports of a 50 year old woman who had been injured in a coasteering incident at Dunseverick.
The woman had been part of an organised coasteering group and had fallen awkwardly into into the water and the Causeway Coasteering Team decided as a precaution to call the Coastguard to ensure that the casualty was assessed and appropriate action taken.
The ILB arrived on scene at 2pm approximately, the sea conditions were good, calm with partial cloud. The ILB volunteer crew applied casualty care to the woman before going to round to Dunseverick to collect a paramedic and a Coastguard team to bring them to the scene to assist, whilst leaving one of the crew members with the casualty.
It was decided because the woman had sustained a suspected back injury to call for a helicopter and Coastguard helicopter R199 from Prestwick arrived on scene at 3pm along with the Air Ambulance (Helimed 23).
The Air Ambulance transferred the woman to the Royal Victoria Hospital to be assessed.
Matt Wright from Causeway Coasteering said:-
‘We are always in awe of the professionalism of the Volunteer Lifeboat Crews and the Coastguard as well as the Medical services. We wanted to be sure that the casualty received immediate attention as she had fallen awkwardly into the water’.
Keith Gilmore Lifeboat Operations Manager Portrush said:-
‘Causeway Coasteering did exactly the right thing in calling the RNLI and the Coastguard to make sure that the casualty could receive appropriate treatment’.
The ILB crew returned to station at 4.50pm.
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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.