No. 310
Title: Injured swimmer brought ashore
Date: Fri 1st Sep 2017
Location: Blackpool Sands. Start Bay.

Launch Statistics

Time ...
of launch request: 11:51am
to launch: 9 mins
from alert to incident: 26 mins
spent at incident: 33 mins
to recovery: 1 hour, 19 mins
back on service: 1:25pm
Conditions ...
Wind: Northerly, 11 - 16 Knots
Sea State: 1.5 metre swell

A 12 year old swimmer was seen by the RNLI lifeguards to be signalling for help. He had entered the water awkwardly from the swimming pontoon anchored off Blackpool Sands and had hurt his back. He managed to climb back onto the pontoon and to call for help. An RNLI lifeguard went out to assess him and asked the Coastguard to task the RNLI inshore lifeboat to bring him ashore. The Air Ambulance was also tasked by the Coastguard and landed in the field adjacent to the beach.The first aid trained lifeboat crew placed him in their roll up stretcher to take him to the beach where he was assessed by the Air Ambulance paramedic along with the crew of a SW ambulance.
Lifeboat crew. Kevin Murphy, helmsman. Kevin John and Katy Locke crew.
launch crew. Mark Strudwick, tractor driver. Stuart Millard and Jamie Barker crew

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