Shouts (Service Calls) 2017

 


Latest Shout Wednesday 16th August 2017

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Volunteer Crews carry out medical evacuation in Bristol Channel

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers were paged by the Coastguard at 5.17pm and tasked to carry out the evacuation of a person who had suffered head injuries following a fall. The incident occurred while working from a vessel near to Hinkley Point. The person had fallen, hitting their head in the process and had landed in the sea.
The B Class Staines Whitfield was tasked to assist followed shortly afterwards by the D Class Burnham Reach. The Barry Dock all weather lifeboat was also paged as it was uncertain where the casualty would be taken due to the falling tide. On arrival at the scene the casualty was rescued by crew from the B Class while the D Class and ALB stood by. It was decided that the casualty should be taken to Burnham on Sea via the B Class to a waiting ambulance crew.
Burnham-on-Sea helmsman Nick Edrich said; 'The person was extremely relieved to receive lifeboat assistance. Given the height of the fall he was very lucky that the injury wasn't as serious as first thought. He was also dressed in full safety equipment including a lifejacket which without doubt avoided what could have been a very different outcome'.