Volunteers from the Redcar RNLI lifeboat station were called into action on Saturday 5 June 2021 after receiving reports of two people injured in separate incidents just metres from each other on the beach.
Together with RNLI lifeguards and a UK Coastguard rescue team the lifeboat crew responded at 1.20pm to a man who had fallen down the side of the slipway near the Beacon, Redcar, sustaining head and potential spinal injuries.
While this incident was ongoing, further lifeboat crew from Redcar were tasked to a woman complaining of non-injury back pain close to the scene of the other incident.
The man was stabilised before he was placed on a spinal board and carried to an ambulance. He was taken to hospital for further treatment.
The woman responded well to pain-relief gas at the scene and did not require any further medical attention.
Derek Robinson, Deputy Launching Authority at Redcar RNLI, said: ‘It was unusual to have two medical emergencies come up at the same time. Fortunately they were very close to each other so we were able to divide the RNLI and UK Coastguard teams to cover both situations.
Derek Robinson added: ‘RNLI lifeboat crews, lifeguards and UK Coastguard rescue teams all train to the same standard. That made it so much easier for everyone to work as one team to bring both incidents to a good conclusion.’
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Attached is an image of RNLI and UK Coastguard teams assisting a man with head and spinal injuries 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
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