Teamwork saves teenage swimmer off Lincolnshire coast

Sunday 29 August 2010

Author: Russell Matthews

A teenager is recovering in Boston's Pilgrim hospital today after Skegness RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) assisted in his rescue on Friday night.

The lifeboat was called just before 7pm on Friday, following reports of a man struggling to get ashore after going for a swim at Jackson's Corner, to the north of Skegness near Butlins.

While on route, the three-man volunteer crew on the lifeboat were told the casualty had managed to make it ashore with the help of others in the area. The crew continued towards the scene and found the casualty at the water's edge semi-conscious and struggling to breathe.

Oxygen and first aid was given to the casualty and an ambulance was requested. Local coastguards were soon on the scene and worked with the lifeboat crew to get the man up the beach away from the rising tide.

When paramedics arrived, it was decided he needed to get to hospital as quickly as possible. An RAF Rescue helicopter was requested to transfer him by air to Boston.

RAF Rescue 128 landed on the dunes and quickly got the casualty onboard for the eight-minute transfer to Boston.

Inshore lifeboat helmsman Mike Irving praised the teamwork of those involved and said the man is lucky to be alive: "The lifeboat was first on scene with the casualty and able to provide the urgent first aid he needed before paramedics arrived. This rescue was a great example of the RNLI, coastguards, paramedics and the RAF working together to save a life."

During the air transfer the casualty's condition deteriorated, but he is now stable and recovering in Pilgrim Hospital.

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