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At 08.20hrs on Wednesday 29 July 2015, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Lifeboat to go to the assistance of a female aboard a Sail Training yacht moored off Holy Island. The 14yr old female was sea sick and diabetic, and required urgent medical assistance. Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat was quickly launched and made best speed to Holy Island. The Inshore Lifeboat was taken by road, due to choppy sea conditions and launched at Holy Island. The causeway was still open at this time, but the yacht could not enter the harbour at Holy island due to the low tide.

The All Weather Lifeboat was quickly alongside the yacht, and three crew who are trained casualty care medics, were put aboard the yacht to treat and assess the casualty. Once stabilised, she and a member of the yacht’s crew were transferred to the Inshore Lifeboat, which had launched at Holy island. The casualty was then brought safely ashore at Holy Island, and handed into the care of a Paramedic Ambulance Crew, who transported her to Northumbria Hospital at Cramlington for further assessment and treatment. Local Coastguards at Holy island also assisted the Lifeboat crew.

Another good example of smooth and swift co-operation between the various agencies involved to ensure a positive outcome.

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