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“It was all in a day's work” - Wells lifeboat crew attend unusual call for help

Wells beach. Picture: Ian Burt

Wells beach. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant 2017

It was a change from the norm when a lifeboat crew were called to help with a medical evacuation, which saw them treating a casualty on dry land.

Wells lifeboat crew were called to help rescue a man who had injured himself in front of their boathouse, just off Beach Road.

The UK Coastguard telephoned Wells RNLI on Sunday July 1, at 6.30pm, to request help with the evacuation from Wells beach.

The man had injured his shoulder and although the lifeboat was not needed, it did not stop the crew from assisting.

Instead of launching, they made their way on foot and carried out first aid. They then placed the casualty on a stretcher and used the Softrak - the lifeboat launching vehicle - to transport the man off the beach to a suitable point for an ambulance crew to reach and treat him.

Mark Frary, the designated helmsman, said: “It was all in a day’s work. We’re trained to improvise when necessary.”

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