Injured woman airlifted to hospital with ambulance ‘90 minutes away’

The RAF Boulmer Sea King helicopter lands at St Aidan's, Seahouses. Picture by Ian Clayton, Seahouses RNLI.

The RAF Boulmer Sea King helicopter lands at St Aidan's, Seahouses. Picture by Ian Clayton, Seahouses RNLI.

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A woman who suffered a suspected broken leg after jumping from rocks onto Seahouses beach was airlifted to hospital by an RAF helicopter this afternoon after a rescue crew was told an ambulance was 90 minutes away.

Seahouses RNLI was requested to attend just before midday by North East Ambulance Service, whose nearest ambulance was initially 40 minutes from the scene.

The RAF Boulmer Sea King helicopter takes off. Picture by Ian Clayton, Seahouses RNLI.

The RAF Boulmer Sea King helicopter takes off. Picture by Ian Clayton, Seahouses RNLI.

The lifeboat was launched and other members of the crew travelled by Land Rover to find that the 40-year-old, thought to be on holiday from North Yorkshire, had been carried up to a car at St Aidan’s. But she was in such intense pain that she was given entonox (gas and air) by the lifeboat medics.

At this point, the ambulance service said their nearest vehicle was now 90 minutes away, so the lifeboat crew asked RAF Boulmer to help. Its crew had just completed a job in Cumbria and was on its way back.

Traffic going through Seahouses was stopped, causing considerable delays, while the Sea King landed at St Aidan’s and the casualty was taken to Wansbeck hospital.