Man, 73, rescued after falling on a Furness sand bank

Four rescue teams and an ambulance came to the rescue of a 73-year-old man who had fallen on a Furness beach this afternoon.

The man had been injured on a sandbank at Edge Bank, near Aldingham, at around 1.45pm, and tides of 8.3 metre were expected at 3.10pm.

RNLI Barrow, Walney and Millom Coastguard and Ulverston Inshore Rescue were all called assist but the man was rescued by the North West Air Ambulance.

Shaun Charnley, RNLI Barrow Coxswain, said: “We got close to the scene having encountered a lot of shallow water en route, and simply stood by in case we were needed to transport the injured person to a more accessible place for an ambulance, but the air ambulance did the job for us."

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4:40pm Tue 16 Apr 13

hogheaven says...

I know I will get a lot of negative comment from you all ,but honestly did we need all these services to attend come on .
I know I will get a lot of negative comment from you all ,but honestly did we need all these services to attend come on . hogheaven

8:36pm Tue 16 Apr 13

craggy says...

Teams can use situations like this as training exercises, if they didn't bother turning up to the simple jobs would they be fully ready for major incidents?
Serious incidents with multiple casualties are fortunately very rare, perhaps once every couple of years, if rescue teams only responded to these what would they be expected to do the rest of the time sit and was it!
Its also easy to criticise without knowing the facts, if this man's life was is danger, who are you to judge whether 1 rescuer is required or 20?
Teams can use situations like this as training exercises, if they didn't bother turning up to the simple jobs would they be fully ready for major incidents? Serious incidents with multiple casualties are fortunately very rare, perhaps once every couple of years, if rescue teams only responded to these what would they be expected to do the rest of the time sit and was it! Its also easy to criticise without knowing the facts, if this man's life was is danger, who are you to judge whether 1 rescuer is required or 20? craggy

8:38pm Tue 16 Apr 13

craggy says...

Should read "sit and wait" goodness knows why predictive text turned it into "sit and was it" ;-)
Should read "sit and wait" goodness knows why predictive text turned it into "sit and was it" ;-) craggy

8:38pm Tue 16 Apr 13

hogheaven says...

craggy wrote:
Teams can use situations like this as training exercises, if they didn't bother turning up to the simple jobs would they be fully ready for major incidents?
Serious incidents with multiple casualties are fortunately very rare, perhaps once every couple of years, if rescue teams only responded to these what would they be expected to do the rest of the time sit and was it!
Its also easy to criticise without knowing the facts, if this man's life was is danger, who are you to judge whether 1 rescuer is required or 20?
Its called common sense ,sadly lacking these days in a world of health and safety
[quote][p][bold]craggy[/bold] wrote: Teams can use situations like this as training exercises, if they didn't bother turning up to the simple jobs would they be fully ready for major incidents? Serious incidents with multiple casualties are fortunately very rare, perhaps once every couple of years, if rescue teams only responded to these what would they be expected to do the rest of the time sit and was it! Its also easy to criticise without knowing the facts, if this man's life was is danger, who are you to judge whether 1 rescuer is required or 20?[/p][/quote]Its called common sense ,sadly lacking these days in a world of health and safety hogheaven

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