Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI assist Paramedics at Holy island

Lifeboats News Release

On the 10 February 2021 at 10.40 Berwick -upon-Tweed RNLI were asked to launch the all-weather lifeboat by HM Coastguard.

Crew member Christie Avril who is also training to be a paramedic

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

Christie Avril

The weather was a lot calmer than it had been the last few days, after high winds and snow.

The Coxswain Ally Laing and crew were tasked to take Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service over to Holy Island, one of them being the lifeboat station's very own crew member, who is training to be a Paramedic, Christie Avril.

After Paramedics assessed a female casualty, it was decided to bring her aboard the Berwick lifeboat, to sail back to the pontoon dock in the Port of Berwick. The casualty was then handed over to Paramedics who then took her to Berwick Infirmary for further assessment.

All volunteer crew then returned to the lifeboat station. The lifeboat was made ready for service and the crew returned to their places of employment.

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