A ‘seriously ill’ 90-year-old man was airlifted to hospital by the new Coastguard helicopter after emergency crews had been called to Holy Island early this morning.
Paramedics were unable to cross the causeway which was cut off by the tide and Humber Coastguard Operations Centre paged the island’s Coastguard team and Berwick RNLI to help just after 1am.
The Berwick all-weather lifeboat was launched and took medical supplies, while Coastguard officers gave medical assistance to the man.
The new search and rescue helicopter was tasked from Humberside Airport at 2.40am and arrived on scene at 3.50am.
The Coastguard team had set up a landing site and the casualty was airlifted to the RVI in Newcastle in one of the first rescues undertaken in north Northumberland by the new service since it took over from the RAF Sea Kings based at Boulmer.