At 12:47pm on Sunday 21 August 2022 UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses inshore lifeboat, to assist Coastguard Rescue Teams and Ambulance personnel on Bamburgh Beach.
A female had fallen and sustained a suspected fractured hip. The casualty was some distance from the road and the awaiting ambulance, and to carry a stretcher across the expanse of beach and over the sand dunes was not a viable option to extricate her.
Seahouses inshore lifeboat was on a public relations visit to Beadnell Sailing Club’s RNLI Flag Day, and was diverted immediately to the incident. The casualty was placed in a stretcher and put aboard the inshore lifeboat, which conveyed her carefully to Seahouses harbour, where she was transferred to a road ambulance for transport to Cramlington Critical Care Hospital. Sea conditions were very calm.
Seahouses RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Ian Clayton added: 'This was a great example of the rescue crews, Coastguard, Ambulance and RNLI, all working together, to ensure the best possible casualty outcome. The lady was obviously in a lot of pain, and we hope she makes a speedy recovery, and did not find her method of rescue too traumatic.'
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