ASSIST AMBULANCE – ILL PERSON ON HOLY ISLAND – CAUSEWAY CLOSED BY TIDE

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Photo shows crew waiting at Holy Island with local Coastguard personnel, while paramedics assess their patient at his home nearby. A nice sunrise over Lindisfarne Castle in the background.

NO EXTRA HOUR IN BED FOR THE SEAHOUSES LIFEBOAT CREW AS THE CLOCKS WENT FORWARD, as at 05.39hr on Sunday 30th October 2011, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat, to assist the North East Ambulance Service to reach an ill person on the Holy Island. The causeway was closed by the tide and a helicopter was not available. An agreed protocol was activated, and the ambulance crew were directed to Seahouses Harbour, while the lifeboat was launched. The Paramedics were then taken by sea to Holy Island, arriving at 06.50hr.

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On arrival at Holy Island, Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Officers met the lifeboat, and conveyed the ambulance crew to the ill person’s home. There he was assessed, and his condition had improved. He declined to be taken to hospital, so after being treated by the paramedics, the paramedics returned to the lifeboat at 07.25hr, to be brought back to their vehicle at Seahouses.
The Lifeboat then returned to station.

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