Rescue services help injured Bridlington kite boarder

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Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards were involved in a multi-agency rescue near Bridlington yesterday afternoon when they attended to a man who had fallen from his kite board on Belvedere beach just after 4.30pm.

A local man in his early thirties fell off his kite board (a surf board with wheels) onto the beach, dropping 20 feet. He fractured his left arm and sustained multiple injuries to his legs.

The incident occurred 300 metres south of the charity’s lifeguard unit and RNLI lifeguards Sam Sheppard, Matt Oliver and David Brant rushed to the scene.

Nathan Otley remained at the lifeguard unit to monitor the beach and relay radio messages to the emergency services.

The lifeguards assessed the man’s injuries using their casualty care cards and monitored his vital signs.

A team of paramedics also attended the scene and helped to stabilise the casualty. Additionally, the inshore lifeboat from Bridlington RNLI was called to assist. Humber Coastguard attended and arranged a landing site for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

As it was thought that the man could have also sustained spinal injuries he was put onto a spinal board and the team then carried him to the waiting Air Ambulance and he was airlifted to Hull Royal infirmary.

David Brant, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: ‘The casualty received swift and effective treatment which is testament to the seamless teamwork demonstrated by the agencies involved. We wish him a quick recovery.’