Holyhead RNLI Assist Fallen Walker

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead RNLI were called out for the second time yesterday evening, (Monday 28 June) to assist volunteer cliff rescue teams dealing with a fallen walker in the Church Bay area.

Fraser Soutar

Holyhead RNLI head off to assist a fallen climber in Church Bay

Crew pagers sounded shortly before 10pm - the second time in a few short hours, requesting the launch of the inshore lifeboat Mary and Archie Hooper. The lifeboat launched quickly, and headed to the scene. On arrival, a lifeboat crew member was transferred to the shore, assisting the Holyhead and Cemaes coastguard rescue teams with the male casualty, who had been in a party of four people walking in the area, when he fell to the base of the cliffs between Cable Bay and Church Bay.

Half an hour later, the presence of the all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce was also requested, to be on standby in case needed to help illuminate the area or assist the rescue teams in any way.

The cliff rescue teams decided the safest way to extract the casualty was to place him onto a stretcher, and transfer him, using the ILB, to a second location where the Welsh Ambulance crew were waiting to transfer him to hospital. This was done with the careful precision of the rescue teams, and a successful transfer of the casualty was made by our ILB crew.

The lifeboats were both then stood down, with the casualty in the care of paramedics, and both boats then returned to Holyhead.

Lifeboat Operations Manager at Holyhead RNLI, David Owens said:

‘We’d like to wish the casualty well in his recovery, and say a huge thanks and well done once again to the excellent volunteer coastguard teams. As always, they showed great professionalism and skill, and we all worked together, along with the ambulance crew to bring the casualty to safety.’

Fraser Soutar

Holyhead's all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce heading to the rescue on Monday night

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