Last lifeboat call of the year for Seahouses in 2022

Lifeboats News Release

At 9.13pm on Friday 30 December 2022, the UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses all-weather lifeboat, following a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service, to transport an ambulance crew to Holy Island for an ill elderly person.

Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat launching

Seahouses RNLI

Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat launching
The lifeboat launched and awaited arrival of the ambulance at Seahouses and took the ambulance crew to Holy Island. The RNLI have an agreed protocol with the North East Ambulance Service, for such situations.

With the paramedics aboard, the lifeboat made the best and safest speed to the Island. The sea conditions were quite choppy with a gusting south westerly wind. On arrival at Holy Island at 10.25pm, the local Coastguard Rescue Team met the lifeboat at the pier. They transported the ambulance crew to the patient’s location. High tide at Holy Island was 8:31pm, and the Causeway was closed to road traffic from 6:35pm until 11:30pm.

Once the patient had been assessed and stabilised, it was decided that it would be in the best interest of the patient, for the Holy Island Coastguard Unit to transport the ambulance crew and patient by road back to Seahouses, rather than a possibly uncomfortable passage for the patient aboard the lifeboat.

The tide was dropping, so the Holy Island Coastguard Unit could safely cross the Causeway with the ambulance crew and their patient, and transport them back to their ambulance at Seahouses Harbour. Meanwhile at 11:00pm Seahouses lifeboat was released and returned to station at 11:20pm.

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Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat launching

Seahouses RNLI

Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat launching

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