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Launch Report 002/2015


At 11.53hrs on Sunday 05 March 2015, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat, following a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service, for a female who had fallen and suffered a possible broken leg on the beach at Seahouses. The Inshore Lifeboat was launched with 4 crew instead of 3, and other crew attended the scene with the station Landrover. At that time the nearest available ambulance was 40 minutes away.

Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat RNLB “Peter Downes” was quickly launched and made best speed to the scene. The casualty was located in a car by the shore crew on St Aidans at Seahouses, having been carried there from where she had stumbled and fell on the beach. She was in severe pain and was treated by RNLI Lifeboat Crew, who are trained as Casualty Care medics. She was given Entonox to relieve the pain, and her condition was closely monitored. Further information was then received that the nearest ambulance was now 90 minutes away. Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager who was on the scene with the crew, then requested if Humber Coastguard could ascertain if the RAF Boulmer Rescue Helicopter could assist. The Helicopter had been tasked to an incident in Cumbria, but was now clear and was re-tasked to Seahouses, arriving just after 13.00hr(1pm). The Paramedic Winchman assessed the casualty, who was deemed fit to travel by road but no ambulance was available, and to travel by car was not an option due to the casualty’s level of pain. It was agreed to evacuate her by helicopter, which flew her directly to Wansbeck hospital for treatment.

The casualty was from the North Yorkshire area, and had been visiting Seahouses for the day. Considerable traffic delays built up in the sea front area while the Helicopter landed and then took off, as traffic had to be stopped for safety reasons.

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