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RNLI Torbay inshore lifeboat crew respond to Mayday at Livermead, Torquay

Lifeboats News Release

HM Coastguard issued a Mayday alert on Friday 18 August at around 11.10am following reports of a casualty in the water with a suspected dislocated shoulder.

RNLI/David Ham

RNLI Torbay inshore lifeboat Leslie & Mary Daws

The casualty, who was believed to have been injured whilst water-skiing, could not be recovered into nearby vessels due to the pain resulting from his injury, and (although wearing a wetsuit) was suffering the effects of shock and cold water some 300m offshore near the Livermead House Hotel in Torquay.

As well as the vessel reporting the incident, nearby passenger vessel Western Lady VII was asked to stand by whilst the Torbay RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched. Torquay Harbour Launch also went to assist.

Transferring the casualty into the inshore lifeboat was not straightforward due to the injury sustained, therefore they were made comfortable and escorted carefully to shore at Livermead Beach alongside the inshore lifeboat. The RNLI volunteer crew and Torbay HM Coastguard team were then able to place the casualty onto a stretcher and await South Western Ambulance Service, who transferred the male to hospital for treatment.

The Mayday was the second call out for RNLI Torbay’s inshore volunteer lifeboat crew within 24 hours, as they rescued an injured cliff faller at Paignton the previous day.

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Photograph shows library photo of Torbay inshore lifeboat (credit: D Ham)

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