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Bridlington RNLI assist sea angler taken ill

Lifeboats News Release

Bridlington RNLI’s inshore lifeboat assist angler near Sewerby.

Bridlington volunteer crew launched to assist angler.

RNLI/Mike Milner

Bridlington volunteer crew launched to assist angler.

Bridlington’s inshore lifeboat (ILB), Ernie Wellings was called into service after a request from the coastguard at 11:09am Sunday (11 June). The call came after it was reported that a 71 year old male angler had been taken ill at the foot of Sewerby Cliffs and was required to be evacuated due to the incoming tide. Within 12 minutes the inshore volunteer crew were launched and made their way to the casualty.

The volunteer crew of the Bridlington all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene at 11:48am and with the assistance of the HM Coastguard, extracted the casualty from the beach by means of a stretcher. One of the volunteer crew of the RNLI lifeboat was left ashore at Sewerby, to accommodate the stretcher and a member of the HM Coastguards, and together with the crew of the ILB made their way back to the beach close to the lifeboat station. Upon arrival, the casualty was taken to the crew room at RNLI Bridlington.

After receiving First Aid treatment by the HM Coastguard the casualty was returned to his family who were to seek further treatment from the NHS.

Volunteer Helm Jason Webber said ‘After we launched, we made best speed to the foot of Sewerby steps and assisted the casualty onto the inshore lifeboat. We made swift progress where the male was taken into the lifeboat station and handed over to the NHS after further casualty care from the HM Coastguard. All in all, a perfect example of a multi-organisational rescue, all with the one aim of saving lives at sea’.

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