St Bees RNLI evacuate injured woman

Lifeboats News Release

At 3:50 pm on Saturday 26 March St Bees RNLI volunteers were tasked by Belfast HM Coastguard to attend an injured casualty about 1.5 miles north of the lifeboat station.

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Team photo

The casualty had slipped and injured her ankle on the beach at Fleswick Bay a small beach on a popular walk that is inaccessible to vehicles.

The lifeboat crew arrived at Fleswick Bay and using their Casualty Care training made the casualty as comfortable as possible before transferring her to the inshore lifeboat and carefully making their way back to the station. The lifeboat was taken to the water's edge and the stretcher lowered over the side. The volunteers then carried the stretcher to the lifeboat station.

The casualty and her husband thanked everybody for their help and he posed for a quick team photo, as a reminder of their eventful day, before he headed up to the hospital.

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Bringing the casualty ashore

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Bringing the casualty ashore

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