St Bees RNLI called to an injured person cut off by the tide.

Lifeboats News Release

At 5:30pm on Friday 18 June the volunteers at St Bees RNLI were requested by the UK Coastguard to go to the aid of an adult male who was injured and cut off by the incoming tide.

RNLI/Colin Wadey

St Bees RNLI, along with Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team, were tasked to an injured male who was reported to be cut off by the tide just north of Whitehaven harbour. One of the RNLI casualty care trained volunteers who was in the area was first on scene and attended the casualty until members of the Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team arrived.


St Bees lifeboat quickly made its way to Whitehaven where it was decided the best way to bring the casualty to safety was to place him on the lifeboat stretcher and float him round to the waiting ambulance. Along with members of Whitehaven Coastguard the RNLI volunteers waded waist deep into the Irish sea and using the RNLI stretcher floated the casualty to the waiting ambulance.

After the St Bees lifeboat crew safely handed the male over to the North West Ambulance Service the lifeboat returned to station.


St Bees RNLI Operations Manager Dick Beddows said ‘this was a great multi agency operation with a positive outcome’

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