Friday was a busy day for Bude’s emergency services with two Coastguard callouts in quick succession.
First, the team was paged at 2.36pm to help the SW Ambulance Service extract a casualty who had fallen and hit her head on rocks at Duckpool Beach. DEvon Air ambulance was also on its way.
Arriving on scene as the helicopter landed, the team allowed the paramedics to assess the casualty’s condition, and offer assistance where necessary.
Fortunately, she was in a relatively stable condition, so the paramedics made the decision to await the arrival of a land ambulance. However, the ambulance struggled with engine troubles so, to avoid delay, the air ambulance crew made the decision to cancel the land ambulance attendance and transport the casualty to North Devon District Hospital.
Once the casualty had been safely placed into the waiting helicopter, members of the team secured the perimeter of the helicopter landing site, assuring its safe departure from the scene.
Shortly after, the team was again paged by Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at 4.45 pm to a report of two missing males in the Widemouth Bay area. Boscastle Coastguard Team and Bude Lifeboat were also tasked, with Devon & Cornwall Police also en route to the scene. Teams headed off in different directions while Bude Lifeboat checked the shoreline south from Upton Beach. Search Team 1 spotted two males who fit the description walking toward them. After confirming their identities and having made sure they were safe and well and ensuring they were reunited with their family, all search teams were stood down immediately.
Working brilliantly, as ever, thanks to the teams who help keep Bude safe.