Latest News released by Geoff Needham, Lifeboat Press Officer, Hunstanton Lifeboat Station…
Friday 8th June at 1.40 pm. Yarmouth Coastguard requested the launch of Hunstanton Lifeboat to a report of a Kite surfer in trouble off Hunstanton.
Hunstanton volunteer crew launched on service and on entering the water it was reported that the surfer was safe ashore, but his kite was being blown out to sea. Wind was S force 7. The crew recovered this kite about a mile and half off shore. On returning to the beach and recovering to the carriage at 2.10 pm, an object was spotted further along the beach in the tide edge. The tractor and unit proceeded to it, which turned out to be a person laying face down in the water.
Helmsman Mike Darby immediately called the coastguard, and asked for medical assistance. The crew had to roll the person over and apply CPR. The person had sustained other injuries and was placed in a medical pouch to keep him warm from the elements.
The crew continued with first aid treatment until the paramedics arrived on scene. The male person was a 52 year old from the Leicester area on holiday, and had been surfing when he was picked up by a gust of wind and dropped head first on the tide edge.
He had broken both wrists, and suspected chest and back injuries. After being stabilised he was brought ashore in the Coastguard mobile and transferred to the road Ambulance, then taken to the Q E II hospital at Kings Lynn, accompanied by his wife. The Air Ambulance was also in attendance.
This was one of those incidents that started off as a routine job, but turned into full scale emergency. Crew members applied their first aid skills promptly and professionally, a job very well done.
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