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Medical evacuation from Holy Island

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.23am on Thursday 17 September 2020, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses all-weather lifeboat to assist the North East Ambulance Service.

A female patient on Holy Island was ill and in need of medical assistance but the Holy Island Causeway was closed due to the tide from 1.05am to 9.05am

The lifeboat launched, taking the ambulance crew to Holy Island, where they were met by the local Coastguard team, who took them to the casualty’s location.

The casualty was assessed and the paramedics crew decided that she should be evacuated to hospital.

She was transported to the lifeboat and taken back to an ambulance at Seahouses harbour, where she was driven to hospital.

The lifeboat returned to station and was washed down, refuelled and ready for service again by 8.45am.

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