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Multi Agency Rescue for Fisherman

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Newbiggin lifeboat station were tasked tonight following reports of an injured fishermen needing urgent assistance.

Casualty safely landed and assistance from Newbiggin and Blyth Coastguards

RNLI/Richard Martin

Multi Agency response to injured fisherman
The local fisherman had been fishing off the bay north breakwater when he sustained injuries that needed urgent attention. The rescue conditions were complicated by a fresh to strong northerly wind and poor visibility.

Around 20.00 hours Humber coastguard requested an immediate launch of Newbiggin lifeboat to locate, treat and extract from the jagged slippery rocks. Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's relief Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Pamela Rosemary Dashwood' with four volunteer crew on board was launched from the beach arriving at the breakwater shortly afterwards. There was no access to the casualty on the lee side of the breakwater so the rescue operation was further challenging on the weather side.

Once on scene the casualty was located then two crew and their first aid kit were despatched onto the dangerous rocks. Anticipating the extraction difficulties the lifeboat returned back to station to collect more crew as well as coastguard assistance. After receiving pain relief and securing a possible fracture the arduous evacuation process for the casualty was begun. Once on board the lifeboat the casualty was brought to the shore where he was transferred into the care of the Newbiggin and Blyth coastguard teams who had provided valuable assistance throughout the operation.

For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or [email protected] or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local website.

Assistance to casualty underway

RNLI/Richard Martin / Lewis Mortimer

Lifeboat and coastguards attending to extraction

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