Carrybridge RNLI assist casualty who had been run over by digger

Lifeboats News Release

At 9.40pm on Monday 29 August, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards was launched at the request of Belfast Coastguard, to assist a man who had been run over by the track of a digger on an island approx. 1 mile north west of the Share Discovery Village.

Carrybridge RNLI assist casualty who had been run over by digger

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Carrybridge RNLI assist casualty who had been run over by digger

Winds were Southerly, Force 1. Visibility was good during the hours of darkness.

Prior to the lifeboat leaving the station and following further information on the casualty’s wellbeing, Sligo Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter Rescue 118 was also requested to attend.

The volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat proceeded to the island and swiftly located the casualty with the assistance of a member of the public. The crew assessed the man and found he had sustained lower leg injuries. Casualty care treatment was provided by the crew until the arrival of the helicopter.

After further treatment it was decided that an airlift to hospital was the best course of action. The casualty was placed in a stretcher and carried several hundred meters over rough terrain to the landing site of the helicopter. The man was placed onboard and a further assessment was carried out prior to the departure of the helicopter.

Speaking following the call out, Stephen Scott, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Carrybridge RNLI said: ‘‘We were happy to be able to assist this casualty. The person made the correct decision to swiftly call for help and the multiagency coordination which followed worked exactly as is practiced for in these situations. We would wish the gentleman a speedy recovery from his injuries. If you see someone or something in trouble on the water or are in difficulties yourself the number to dial is: 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’’

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Notes to editors

· Carrybridge Lifeboat Station was started in 2002 on Upper Lough Erne. It currently operates an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat and a Rescue Water Craft

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