Happisburgh R.N.L.I. volunteers leapt into action to help save the life of young man, who was found floating face down, after being hit on the head by jet-ski.
At 12:50pm today the 16th June 2013, volunteers at Happisburgh Lifeboat Station were just finishing their morning’s exercise, when they were alerted to the incident that had happed just off the station ramp. A young man in his early 20’s had fallen off his jet-ski which then hit him on his head, he was spotted laying face down by his brother who pulled him ashore and called for help.
Tony Phenix (helm) and Sean Ferguson(crew) went straight onto the beach and gave first aid; John Fryer (shore crew) called the Ambulance service and with his information the Ambulance service sent the Air Ambulance and a Ambulance. Cubitt Siely (training Co-ordinator) also assisted.
The patient was given Oxygen and had his wound dressed, he was immobilised and put in the lifeboat stretcher to be moved off the beach.
All four of the lifeboat volunteers treated and monitored the patient, updating the Ambulance service of his condition. The Air Ambulance arrived at 1pm and the crew took a full history from the RNLI volunteers and carried out their assessment before flying the patient to Accident & Emergency at N&N Hospital.
Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard, Police and land Ambulance also attended the scene.
Happisburgh RNLI were glad to put their training to good use even though the Lifeboat was not needed.