At 14.05hr on Saturday 21st September 2013, Humber Coastguard paged the duty Seahouses RNLI Launch Authority and requested lifeboat assistance after receiving information from the ambulance service that a woman had fallen and had injuries to leg and wrist on Longstone Island, at the Farne Islands. It was decided to launch the All Weather Lifeboat into the harbour and await the arrival of Paramedics. By 14.43hr, the ambulance had still not arrived, so Humber Coastguard requested the Lifeboat to proceed without ambulance personel (All RNLI Crew are trained to RNLI Casualty Care Medic standard, and the Lifeboat carries a comprehensive Trauma Medical Pack). Whilst the lifeboat was underway to Longstone Island, further information was received from the ambulance service, to say that the casualty was not on the Island but on the rocks at Beadnell Point some 3 miles away on the mainland !
The Lifeboat was then diverted to the new location and a further request was received from Humber Coastguard for the launch of the Inshore Lifeboat to recover the casualty from the rocks. Both lifeboats proceeded to the scene, and an additional crewman was transferred from the All Weather Lifeboat to Inshore Lifeboat to assist with the recovery. The casualty was recovered from the rocks along with an ambulance paramedic and transferred to the All Weather Lifeboat for the return journey to Seahouses Harbour. The injured female was then landed, and safely handed into care of waiting ambulance for onward journey to hospital.
Both Lifeboats then returned to station at 15:35hr that day.