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Craster lifeboat tasked to medical casualty.

Lifeboats News Release

On 14 August 2021 at 3:34pm Craster volunteer RNLI crew were paged to launch by UK Coastguard on service to a medical casualty at Embleton Bay.

The ambulance arrived at the station to take casualty to hospital

RNLI/Andrew Cowan

NEAS ambulance at lifeboat station

The lifeboat was launched and made best speed north from Craster with Andy Taylor at the helm and crew members Ollie Smith and Andy Pople arriving at the bay within only a few minutes.

Howick Coastguard Rescue Team were on scene and after the assessing the serious condition of the casualty the decision was made that the safest and fastest option was to take the casualty by sea to Craster Harbour. An ambulance from North East Ambulance Service was relocated to the lifeboat station, from where it took the casualty to hospital.

Craster lifeboat James Ballard was then prepared for service following the Covid 19 RNLI guidance.

Well done to our volunteer crew member Andy Pople on his first shout.

The RNLI advises that In an emergency at sea, or on the coast or, if someone is in difficulty, to call the Coastguard by dialling 999 or 112 on a mobile phone.

RNLI Picture credits

Craster RNLI/Andy Cowan.

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