Minehead RNLI launch to injured angler

Lifeboats News Release

An angler who injured himself during a sea fishing trip was airlifted from Blue Anchor Bay to hospital in Cardiff on Monday afternoon (14 June).

Minehead’s RNLI lifeboat crew responded to the initial emergency call from the local fishing boat Lorna Doone after he slipped and suffered a suspected broken leg.

Once on scene the first-aid trained volunteers carried out an initial assessment and decided an immediate transfer to hospital was necessary. A coastguard helicopter was scrambled from St Athan and after winching him off touched down at the hospital in a little over 10 minutes.

A Minehead RNLI spokesman said: “The crew weren’t at all happy with the injury because the casualty appeared to be suffering from impeded blood supply to his foot.

“We could have got him back to Minehead very quickly but the issue would then have been the wait for an ambulance. Getting him airlifted off meant he could be given the proper attention his injury needed within a matter of minutes.”

Minehead RNLI have recently launched a fundraising appeal to raise £250,000 towards a £1million upgrade of their station.

People wishing to support the appeal can donate and / or fundraise in a number of ways; Visit the Justgiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/Minehead-RNLI-Lifeboat-Station-Appeal

Or they can make a direct donation to the appeal by contacting our fundraising team at Minehead RNLI who can provide on-line banking details or a postal address for your donation. Call Liz Escott on 07877 952975.

If you want to hold a fundraising event or activity you can set up your own justgiving page by visiting www.justgiving.com and clicking on the Start Fundraising button

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Chris Rundle, Press Office, RNLI Minehead: 01643 703371/07786 630523 or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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