Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

12th August 2020

Both Selsey RNLI Lifeboats Called to Medical Incident at Elmer Beach

The request for assistance came from UK Coastguards at 6.15 p.m. on Wednesday 12th August. The Littlehampton Coastguard rescue team had earlier been called to a 22-year-old autistic female who had tripped on the shingle and dislocated her knee.

The incident had been ongoing for over 2.5 hours but, with no ambulance available and the Coastguard not having any pain relief to give the woman, the UK Coastguards asked Selsey all-weather Lifeboat (ALB) to attend as all RNLI ALBs carry Entonox and Oxygen. The 'Denise and Eric' launched at 6.20 p.m. and made best speed to Elmer and, as the inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was on exercise just off of the boathouse, they also proceeded.

The ALB arrived on scene at 6.41 p.m. with the ILB close behind. The ILB went alongside the ALB to get the Entanox and swap a trainee for an ALB casualty care crewmember before closing the shoreline where the Coastguards and injured female were. Once assessed the lady was given paracetamol and Entonox was administered.

With still no ETA for the ambulance it was decided to evacuate the casualty from the beach to the ALB and take her to Littlehampton Harbour and so the stretcher was brought ashore from the ALB. Shortly after this the ambulance arrived. The ambulance was parked a considerable distance from the beach and so the Lifeboat stretcher was used to transfer the casualty, which included going through a garden and house which the occupants kindly offered as the shortest route.

With the casualty in the care of the ambulance crew the Lifeboats were released and departed the scene at 7.58 p.m. Both boats returned to station at 8.25 p.m. with the ILB recovered first followed by the ALB.

ALB CREW: Colin Pullenger (Coxswain), Andy Lee (Mechanic), Will Moir, James Albrey, Neil Hopcraft and Terry Healey.

ILB CREW: Harry Emmence (Helmsman), Craig Sergeant , Max Wiseman and Ian Ford (Trainee).