Emergency crews called to help casualties along the Northumberland coast

Emergency crews were called to assist a number of casualties who had hurt themselves while out enjoying the Northumberland coastline.

By Sarah Sinclair
Sunday, 2nd August 2020, 1:15 pm

Team members from Howick Coastguard dealt with six call outs within 48 hours this weekend – with two separate incidents within hours of each other on Saturday, August 1.

Crew were first requested to attend Dunstaburgh Castle to a couple and an eight-year-old child.

The woman had suffered a bad ankle injury after falling and her partner had also sustained an injury to his head in the accident.

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Emergency crews attend two incidents along the Northumberland coast. Photo: Howick Coastguard

The team transported crews from North East Ambulance Service up to the castle where both were treated.

The woman was taken to the waiting ambulance in the Coastguard vehicle whilst her partner was walked down and both were taken to hospital for treatment.

A spokesperson said the eight-year-old “remained perfectly calm, got help and helped look after both casualties until the emergency services arrived. He was the real star of the show today.

“Great team working between the services and we wish both casualties a speedy recovery.”

Crews assist a casualty at Seahouses Farm. Photo: Howick Coastguard

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The team was then paged again - to its sixth call in 48 hours – to a report of a girl having fallen on glass on the beach below Seahouses Farm, Howick.

Coastguard rescue officers arrived on the scene, along with North East Ambulance Service, where the girl who had fallen on broken glass and suffered a deep wound to her leg.

Immediate first aid was carried out and the casualty placed in the a basket stretcher for evacuation.

North East Ambulance Service was also on the scene at Sea Houses. Photo: Howick Coastguard

Further assessment was carried out by the paramedic on scene and the casualty was taken to hospital by ambulance.

The team praised Jessica Taylor – a prospective crew member of Craster RNLI – who reported the incident.

A spokesperson said: “Jessica stayed calm throughout the situation, called the Coastguard on 999 and waited at the top of the track to show the team the location of the casualty. Jessica saved valuable time at this incident allowing us to treat the casualty quicker.

“A big thank you and well done to Jessica and we wish her friend a very speedy recovery.”

Crews helped an injured couple at Dunstanburgh Castle. Photo: Howick Coastguard

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