Bude Coastguard Rescue Team was paged at 15:20 today, and tasked to Duckpool Beach, following a request from the Coastguard Operations Centre to assist in the recovery of an 11-year-old boy who had sustained a severe leg injury after having surfed into rocks.
By chance, an off-duty RNLI Lifeguard happened to be in the vicinity as the incident unfolded, and alerted the emergency services immediately, as well as giving emergency first aid to the casualty.
As the Rescue Team assembled and made their way to the incident, further Lifeguards from nearby Sandymouth Beach and a Lifeguard on the Rescue Watercraft (RWC) based at Summerleaze Beach also converged on the casualty’s position on the beach at Duckpool, providing furter intitisl emergency care and essential pain relief until the Rescue Team and the ambulance arrived.
Arriving on scene in advance of the ambulance, the Rescue Team made their way to the casualty’s position with the alpine stretcher. After a briefing from the Lifeguards on scene, and with the casualty in good hands and his injuries stabilised, it was decided that the team would wait in position with the casualty until ambulance paramedics decided on the preferred method of medical extrication.
Soon after the ambulance arrived, and with paramedics happy to recover the casualty to a trauma unit by land ambulance, the Rescue Team and the Lifeguards carefully lifted the young man on to the stretcher, and carried him across the beach, to the waiting paramedics and ambulance, from where he was taken to Derriford Hospital.