Injured swimmer brought ashore

Launch No: 310
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Friday, 1 September 2017
Location: Blackpool Sands. Start Bay.

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.


Request Received 11:51am
Time at incident 33 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 19 minutes
Back on Service 1:25pm


Sea/River State 1.5m swell
Wind Direction North
Wind Strength 11-16 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Kevin John
Katy Sarah

Shore Crew

Mark Strudwick (Tractor Driver)
Stuart Millard

Deputy Launch Authority

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