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Wells inshore lifeboat launches to a casualty in difficulties near Gun Hill

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 10 June, Wells inshore lifeboat was paged at 3.50pm to render assistance to a casualty who had got into health difficulties and collapsed whilst participating in an outdoor activity event in the vicinity of Gun Hill/Burnham Overy harbour.

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June 10 Burnham Overy Inshore assistance

The inshore lifeboat with three volunteer crew launched outside the boathouse into the harbour channel at 3:58pm and proceeded toward Burnham harbour entrance. Local Coastguard teams and a Coastguard Rescue helicopter were also tasked to assist.

Wells inshore lifeboat arrived on scene at 4.22pm but the inshore lifeboat on the ebbing tide was running out of water in the Burnham Overy harbour channel entrance, so an inshore lifeboat crew member with emergency medical supplies was landed on Gun Hill. They proceeded towards the scene alongside the Coastguard team and using the station softrack launch and recovery vehicle which had also arrived on scene.

At 4.45pm the Coastguard helicopter arrived overhead and landed close to where the casualty was in difficulties and, following further medical assessment and attention, it was decided the best course of action was to airlift the person to Boston hospital. The helicopter departed at 5.06pm

The inshore lifeboat departed the scene at 5:15pm and headed towards the waiting recovery vehicle and carriage for a low water recovery and return to Wells.

The inshore lifeboat arrived back at station at 6:15pm and was then rehoused/ sanitised and refuelled and ready again for service at 7:00pm.

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HM Coastguards Leaving shout 10 June

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10 June Gun hill/ Burnham Overy shout

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