Rescue teams race against rising tide to rescue woman with broken leg
RNLI and coastguard teams raced against the incoming tide to rescue a woman with a broken leg from the beach at Redcar on Friday 6 August 2021.
The woman slipped on rocks and seaweed near the Redcar Beacon, causing a fracture to her lower right leg. RNLI volunteers from the Redcar lifeboat station were called just after 12.30pm. They administered pain relief while the on-duty lifeguards and the Redcar Coastguard Rescue Team immobilised the fractured leg.
With the tide reaching the scene of the accident, the woman was quickly placed onto a stretcher and carried to safety before being given further treatment until an ambulance arrived to take her to hospital.
Dave Cocks, spokesman for Redcar RNLI, said: ‘This really was a race against the tide. By the time the rescue teams had given the woman pain relief and strapped the fractured leg they were working in rising sea water.
‘Fortunately for the woman, everybody called to help her was trained in advanced casualty care techniques, and by working together they saved the woman from a potentially very serious situation.’
Notes to editors:
Attached are images of the rescue of a woman with a broken leg from the beach at Redcar. Credit RNLI/Dave Cocks.
Redcar lifeboat station has been operating since 1802.
Redcar currently operates a B-class lifeboat named Leicester Challenge III, paid for by the people of Leicester, and an IB1-class lifeboat named Eileen May Loach-Thomas, paid from the legacy of the late Mr Nick Thomas of Shropshire .
Any images used should be credited RNLI/Redcar unless indicated.
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