St Bees RNLI in beach rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Just before 10:00 am Monday 12 April St Bees RNLI volunteers were requested by Belfast Coastguard to go to the assistance of a female who had fallen and injured her leg.

The casualty was on the water's edge unable to walk with the tide coming in. The crew quickly made their way to the woman who was being helped away from the incoming tide by members of the public.

St Bees RNLI volunteers arrived and immediately placed the casualty in a stretcher where she was assessed and made as comfortable as possible before being carried to the safety of our lifeboat station. Our Casualty Care trained volunteers then remained with the woman until the arrival of the North West Ambulance Service.

Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team were also in attendance.

Thanks to the person who did the right thing in a coastal emergency and dialled 999 and asked for the Coastguard.

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