Seahouses inshore lifeboat evacuates injured female in multi-agency operation
At 3:23pm on Saturday 10 July 2021, UK Coastguard requested the assistance of Seahouses inshore lifeboat, to support Howick Coastguard Rescue Team.
An elderly female had suffered a knee injury and was in severe pain on the beach near Red Barnes at Bamburgh. The Coastguard Team requested the lifeboat to bring Entonox (pain relief gas) to the scene. One of the coastguard team was also a local ambulance paramedic.
On arrival, the casualty was given Entonox, stabilised and transferred to the inshore lifeboat, which transported her gently to Seahouses harbour, where she was handed in the care of an awaiting ambulance crew.
Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager commented: 'It was not practical to carry the lady on an ambulance stretcher from her location to a road ambulance, due to the distance from the road, the soft sand, and the sand dunes. A lifeboat evacuation was the best option, and it was an excellent example the three organisations working closely together to ensure the best outcome for the casualty. We all wish her well for a speedy recovery.'
The lady was on holiday in the area.
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