on Formby beach involved in multi-agency rescues as temperatures
Photographs by Patrick
ROYAL National Lifeboat
Institution (RNLI) lifeguards had a very busy afternoon on Sunday, 7
July 2013, when they were involved in 2 multi-agency rescues on Formby
Beach, as people flocked to the seaside to enjoy the hot weather.
The 1st incident occurred at 2.30pm when the charity's lifeguards
went to the aid of a pregnant woman who was suffering from burns to
her feet, after stepping on sand where a disposable barbecue had
RNLI senior lifeguard Ryan Jennings and lifeguard supervisor Pete
Rooney, gave oxygen to the 29 year old, as she was being sick and
had a high breathing rate.
They cooled the lady's feet with water and wrapped them in burn bags
before requesting the assistance of the Air Ambulance and the
Coastguard Rescue Team.
10 minutes later the lifeguards were called to assist a man who had
fractured his ankle after jumping off a sand dune. The
lifeguards stabilised the man and also kept an eye on the pregnant
RNLI lifeguard Alex Bowden cleared a space on the beach to enable
the North West Air Ambulance to land and it was decided that the
injured man should be flown to hospital.
Crosby Coastguard Rescue Team and Sefton Coast and Countryside
Rangers assisted in transporting the pregnant lady to Ainsdale,
where she was treated by waiting paramedics.
Pete Rooney, RNLI lifeguard supervisor said:-
received swift and effective treatment which is testament to the
seamless teamwork demonstrated by the agencies involved.
We wish both casualties a quick recovery and urge people to visit a
lifeguarded beach and to swim between the red and yellow flags."
block Emergency services as temperatures soar
Photographs by Patrick
ANOTHER very busy Sunday,
as climbing temperatures bought out tourists from all over the North
West to Formby Point once again. In other years this has not been a
major issue, but now new restrictions on parking around the
Freshfield National Trust Squirrel Reserve have moved the parking
madness down the road. This time it delayed the deployment of
emergency services to several incidents that happened on 7 July
2013, on the beach. As you can see the Fire Engine was hampered by
the parking problems. Also many residents again complained of not
being able to get cars in and out of the houses as illegal and
dangerous parking recurred. Police, as you can see below did try and
take some action, and we have been told that some motorists were
issued with fixed parking fines. Sadly, the worry is that as the
summer holidays and the August bank holiday come ever closer, this
issue will become even more of a danger. We would like to know your
views on this parking issue and ask for residents who are affected,
in any of the areas on Merseyside's coastline, to air their views as
how this can be resolved. Last week we spoke to Formby Councillor
Nina Killen about it. If you have not seen the video, you can see
to the other reports about this issue and this video via this link.
If you have any views on this matter, please email us to:-