RNLI Moelfre Volunteers Assist Lady Who Had Suffered Serious Leg Injury.
Moelfre Lifeboat Station assistance was requested by Moelfre Coastguard team and HM Coastguard Holyhead, to help with a lady who had a double ankle injury, after falling on the coast path.
The local Coastguard team requested assistance with casualty care and pain relief by means of Entonox. The lady had slipped and had suffered a suspected broken left ankle and possible fracture to her right ankle. With the need for extraction and a lengthy stretcher carry to the ambulance/road access, pain relief was essential and with several other ongoing incidents at the time, an ambulance ETA could not be confirmed.
The Lifeboat Operations Manager was contacted by HM Coastguard and it was confirmed that with the current COVID risk, a minimum number of casualty care trained crew could attend and assist with pain relief, using station equipment.
Once on scene, pain relief was given by a volunteer crew member and the lady was made as comfortable as possible (with the additional assistance of North Wales Ambulance Service). Coastguard team members from Moelfre and Cemaes made a fantastic combined effort in carrying the lady in a stretcher, some 300 to 400 metres to the waiting ambulance.
A Spokesperson from Moelfre Lifeboat Station said:
“This is the second such incident we have been tasked to assist in the last fortnight. The skill sets of both the Coastguard team members and volunteer lifeboat crew combined, make an invaluable asset to the community during these exceptionally busy and yet still challenging times. This was a very unfortunate accident, the lady and her husband were walking their dog and despite having more than adequate footwear etc., accidents can still happen.
We would like to thank Moelfre Coastguard for requesting our assistance and thanks to all those involved in the incident. We wish the lady a speedy recovery".
For further information, please contact Phil Williams, Moelfre Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07773 979910
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