Skegness RNLI lifeboats help injured wind farm man

Tuesday 16 August 2011

Author: Russell Matthews

Both Skegness RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) lifeboats were called into action at the same time yesterday (Monday) afternoon to two separate incidents off the Lincolnshire coast.

All-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher was requested to launch by Yarmouth Coastguard at 1:40pm, when a man working on the Lynn wind farm suffered a head injury and required medical evacuation to hospital.

As the Lincolnshire Poacher was preparing to launch, the inshore lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival IV was also requested, following reports of two people on an inflatable being blown out to sea at Ingoldmells Point.

Talking to BBC Lincolnshire, Skegness lifeboat Coxswain John Irving said: ‘For about an hour things got a bit crazy at the station.’

Three lifeboat crew members were transferred to the wind farm vessel to help the injured man onto the lifeboat before heading back to Skegness.

John added, ‘He had cut his head quite badly and needed hospital treatment.’

At Ingoldmells Point, local coastguards assisted the inshore lifeboat in locating the inflatable which was about 200 yards from the beach. The two occupants were taken on board the lifeboat and returned safely to the beach.

Both lifeboats met just off Skegness Central Beach where the injured man was transferred to the inshore lifeboat to be brought ashore and taken to the waiting ambulance.

Peterborough Beer Festival IV had also been called out earlier in the day, when a canoeist paddling and fishing was mistaken for someone in trouble on an inflatable.

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