Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station, Seafield Road, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7SH. Tel: 01665 720370
Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station
Launch Report 001/2016
AMBULANCE CALL TO HOLY ISLAND, CAUSEWAY CLOSED BY THE TIDE
At 13.10hr on Friday 5th February 2016, the North East Ambulance Service contacted Humber Coastguard, to request assistance to reach an injured elderly female with a suspected broken arm or wrist. The causeway was closed by the tide. Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat was requested to launch to convey the ambulance crew to the island. However, due to the delay in the time taken for the ambulance arriving at Seahouses, it was decided to despatch the Lifeboat straight to Holy Island, as there was concern for the welfare of the casualty.
The lifeboat crew are all trained by the RNLI as Casualty Care Medics, and carry a quantity of medical equipment. Seahouses Lifeboat was alongside the pier at Holy Island in 25 minutes of leaving Seahouses Harbour, and the crew were able to give the injured lady some pain relief and medical care. The tide was falling and an ambulance was able to cross the causeway safely. The Lifeboat Crew and local Holy Island Coastguard, who is also a First Responder, then handed the casualty into the care of the ambulance crew, who treated her and conveyed her to hospital. It is believed that the lady injured herself after slipping on rocks.
The casualty was in good spirits and was disappointed at missing out on a trip aboard the lifeboat back to Seahouses. The ambulance crew were also disappointed at missing out on a boat trip too !