Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hectic day for Coastguards & paramedics, rescue helicopters coastguard attend six call outs - Charles D'Alberto

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Fishguard and St Davids coastguards, along with a rescue helicopter,were despatched to the Blue Lagoon, near Abereiddy where a man had jumped at the lagoon and sustained a spinal injury. One of six call outs they attended on Thursday. PIC HM Coastguards.

Fishguard coastguards had a hectic day on Thursday, attending a total of six call outs, including three helicopter evacuations, in one afternoon.

The first call came shortly after midday alerting rescue teams to a woman who had fallen and suffered a suspected broken leg on the coast path near Abereiddy.

Coastguards from St Davids and Fishguard were dispatched and the walker was quickly found. However, due to her location, it soon became clear that it wasn’t going to be easy to evacuate her from the rocks.

Hectic day as Fishguard Coastguards, as well as paramedics, rescue helicopters lifeboats and St davids coastguard attend six call (From Western Telegraph)

The coastguard search and rescue helicopter was sent and winched the woman on board before taking her to Withybush Hospital.

While watching the excitement of the helicopter landing a young boy had fallen on rocks and cut his face. Coastguards were sent to his aid and helped paramedics who dealt with his injuries.

The teams left Abereiddy only to be immediately re-tasked to two swimmers in difficulty. One swimmer made it back to the beach exhausted and having swallowed seawater, the second was retrieved from rocks and escorted to safety, he was then attended to by paramedics.

Later that afternoon coastguards and the rescue helicopter were despatched to the Blue Lagoon, near Abereiddy where a man had jumped at the lagoon and sustained a spinal injury. He was airlifted to hospital by rescue 187.

Having just arrived back at station in Fishguard the crews were tasked again at 6.16pm, this time to Porthgain and a man who had fallen 30ft from the harbour wall on to the sand as the tide was out.

The casualty sustained numerous injuries and was airlifted by air ambulance heli med 57

Coastguards thanked members of the public at Porthgain and customers at the Sloop Inn and The Shed for their patience help and understanding.

At 8.09pm teams received their last call out of the day, they helped the RNLI lifeboat search the shoreline, following reports of a man and three children cut off by the tide. Nothing was found and coastguards and lifeboats were stood down.

Posted By Charles D'Alberto