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Abersoch RNLI volunteer crew rescue casualty with suspected back injury.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew were paged at 2.39pm following a request from HM Coastguard to assist a casualty who had fallen whilst onboard a motor vessel and had a suffered a suspected back injury.

RNLI/Abersoch RNLI

The Peter & Ann Setten Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched at 2.53pm and arrived at the casualty’s location, Trwyn yr Wylfa, within six minutes.

The female casualty had fallen and sustained a suspected back injury after the 19ft powerboat she was on was hit by large wake. On arrival at the scene the volunteer crew were informed by a second person on board that the casualty had lost consciousness. She was now reporting feeling nauseous and unwell.

The crew assessed the casualty and carried out immediate casualty care. Once she was stable enough they then transferred her to the stretcher and returned to the Lifeboat Station at 3.38pm where they were met by waiting paramedics. At 5.05pm the casualty was then transferred to an ambulance and taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor for further assessment.

The lifeboat was then thoroughly washed down, refuelled and left ready for service.

Wyn Jones, Abersoch RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, said, ‘Today’s shout emphasises the importance of always having a reliable means of calling for help whenever heading out onto the water, ideally a VHF Radio and a fully charged mobile phone’.

If you do get into difficulty, or spot someone else in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

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