West Kirby RNLI assists injured walkers by Middle Eye

Lifeboats News Release

West Kirby RNLI launched to provide assistance to two women who had slipped and fallen between Middle Eye and Little Eye, as they were walking towards Hilbre Island.

RNLI/David Edwards

The volunteer crew at West Kirby RNLI lifeboat were tasked at 11.12am following a report that two casualties were in need of assistance as both had slipped on rocks between the islands and one had seriously damaged her shoulder. The two casualties from Liverpool had decided to take advantage of the warm Spring weather and visit the local islands. An off-duty nurse was fortunately in the vicinity and had spotted the incident. She immediately contacted HM Coastguard to request assistance and remained with the casualties until the volunteer crew arrived on scene. West Kirby RNLI lifeboat was on exercise nearby and upon reaching the casualties, the crew undertook a medical assessment of the casualties. The casualties were then transported by the BV tractor to the station to carry out a further assessment and provide immediate medical care. The injured casualty was transported to hospital for further treatment.

Richard Diamond, West Kirby RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘We can’t thank the passer-by enough for her quick decision-making and the care she provided before further help arrived. We would always encourage people to carry a means of communication when visiting Hilbre and the surrounding area and to phone 999 should they find themselves in any danger.’

Richard Diamond, Lifeboat Operations Manager, observing the rescue

RNLI/David Edwards

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