Injured crew member aboard a rigid inflatable assisted by Beaumaris Lifeboat.
At 1.30 pm on Sunday 10 July 2022 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from U.K. Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Holyhead relating to a report of an injured person aboard a rigid inflatable.
The Beaumaris Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington with her volunteer crew launched at 1.30 pm, proceeding to the casualty vessel.
Water traffic was greater than usual on the Menai Straits due to the three peaks race; however, the lifeboat was able to make good time to the casualty vessel near Portdinorwic.
It transpired that some speedboats travelling at speed had created a wake which the small inflatable had run into and one of the crew aboard who was in the bow of the vessel had received a severe jolt to her spine.
As the lifeboat was aware that an injured person was aboard the craft in addition to casualty care trained volunteers another crew volunteer who is an accident and emergency doctor at the local hospital was aboard the lifeboat.
Two volunteer lifeboat crew including the doctor transferred from the lifeboat to the casualty vessel and the uninjured crew member was taken aboard the lifeboat.
Whist the doctor attended to the patient the craft escorted by the lifeboat began a slow approach to the Plas Menai slipway the lifeboat requesting on the VHF emergency channel that all vessels in the vicinity slow down and give both boats a wide berth so as to minimise the disturbance to the water and ensure a smooth a passage as possible.
Members of both the Bangor and Penmon mobile coastguard teams had arrived at the Plas Menai Slipway to assist with transferring the casualty to the shore.
Once this was completed the casualty was left in the care of the Coastguard teams whilst awaiting the arrival of an ambulance .the lifeboat being released from this service by the U.K. Coastguard to return to her station at Beaumaris arriving at 2.55 pm to be refuelled and cleaned under the still current RNLI Covid 19 instructions.
Once this had been completed at 3.30 pm the crew left the station.
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