Woman airlifted from Northumberland coast with leg injury after being 'knocked over by dog'

Paramedics teamed up with Coastguard and RNLI members to help treat a woman who sustained a suspected broken ankle when it is thought she was knocked over by a dog.

Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 9:02 pm
This photo by Howick Coastguard Rescue Team shows the rescue effort in its final phase.

The alarm was raised at 12.16pm today, Saturday, February 22, after the woman was injured while on the beach at Beadnell in Northumberland.

The North East Ambulance Service say it is believed she hurt her leg when she was “potentially knocked over by a dog.”

Its paramedics called in support from the Coastguard Rescue Teams based at Howick and Seahouses and Seahouses RNLI’s inshore lifeboat after they were unable to get her to her in their vehicle.

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The Coastguard walked the medics to the spot where the woman had been injured as they offered their support.

In a mission co-ordinated by the Coastguard base in Humber, it drafted in its Rescue 199 helicopter to airlift the woman to the ambulance, which was had been parked up at Linkhouse Farm at Newton Steads.

She was then taken to Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington for further treatment.

Howick Coastguard Rescue Team posted an update on its Facebook page following the incident.

Howick Coastguard Rescue Team, their colleagues based in Seahouses, the North East Ambulance Service and Seahouses RNLI all worked together during the call out. Photo by Howick Coastguard Rescue Team.

A spokesperson said: “On arrival, the team assessed the casualty and administered treatment including splinting the injured leg.

“Due to the location Seahouses Lifeboat Station were requested to attend with their inshore lifeboat to evacuate the casualty.

“The lifeboat arrived on scene but sea conditions were deteriorating rapidly making a sea evacuation undesirable.

“Howick Coastguard therefore requested the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter, Rescue 199, to attend to airlift the casualty.

This photo by the Howick Coastguard Rescue Team captured the service's Rescue 199 helicopter on scene.

“Rescue 199 was on scene quickly, taking full advantage of a strong tailwind, and airlifted the casualty to a location that the ambulance could reach.

“This was a difficult extrication given the isolated location and also the deteriorating weather conditions and incoming tide.

“Great joint working by all concerned and a successful outcome.

“May we wish the casualty a quick and full recovery.

The North East Ambulance Service called for support from other emergency services as they worked to help the injured woman. Photo by Howick Coastguard Rescue Team

“Remember, in an emergency at sea or on the coast, or if you think someone may be in difficulty, always call the Coastguard by dialling 999.”

The incident happened at Beadnell Bay. Picture by Jane Coltman
The HM Coastguard's Rescue 199 helicopter landed on the beach as its crew helped airlift the woman to a waiting ambulance. Photo by Howick Coastguard Rescue Team.