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Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI in multi-agency rescue at inaccessible river bank

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 11 October 2020 at 4.39pm the pagers went off after HM Coastguard requested the launch of the D class inshore lifeboat.

Helmsman Michael Percy along with volunteer crew members Michael and Christi Avril (who are father and daughter), made their way to an inaccessible part of the river bank of the river Tweed, location one mile west of the Berwick bypass bridge.

On arrival the crew were met on the scene by the North East Ambulance Service personnel and a bystander.

The casualty, a lady, had a suspected broken ankle and was transported back to Berwick docks on the inshore lifeboat (ILB) by lifeboat crew and on the scene paramedic to meet an awaiting ambulance, with Berwick HM Coastguard in assistance.

Berwick lifeboat crew would like to thank the Paramedic and bystander for their help during this tricky evacuation, along with HM coastguard for their assistance at Berwick dock.

Everyone wishes the lady a speedy recovery.

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