Whitby RNLI volunteers called after woman falls from quayside

Lifeboats News Release

Whitby RNLI crew were paged at 4.20pm today (Saturday 14 May) after a woman fell from the quayside into the harbour.

The woman suffered injuries during the fall and was retrieved from the water by members of the public.

The inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched, the crew helped stabilise the casualty at the scene. The casualty was then transferred by the ILB to Tate Hill beach where the Yorkshire Air Ambulance landed and took the casualty to James Cook hospital.

Whitby RNLI mechanic Richard Dowson said: 'The crew responded quickly to reach the casualty, they then worked together to transfer the casualty safely to the air ambulance which was waiting nearby.'

Once the helicopter had left the scene the ILB returned to the station and was made ready for service.

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For more information contact Whitby RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes, 07813 359428, or RNLI PR Manager, North, Alison Levett, on 07786 668912.

Picture captions

1 A Whitby RNLI volunteer crew member holds a flare to help the air ambulance land. Credit Ceri Oakes.

2 Whitby RNLI volunteers help paramedics carry the casualty. Credit Ceri Oakes.

3. The air ambulance preparing to leave.Credit Ceri Oakes

4. The air ambulance taking off for James Cook Hospital. Credit Ceri Oakes

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