A fisherman was airlifted to hospital after falling off Bridlington harbour and into the hatch of a nearby boat.

The Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team were called out at 12.03pm this afternoon (September 13) after reports the fisherman had fallen from the harbour, landing through a hatch at the bottom of a boat.

The coastguard, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, and fire responders arrived at the scene to tend to the casualty and pull off the “difficult extraction”.

The man was helped into an inshore lifeboat and moved to a more accessible part of the harbour, where he was airlifted to a nearby hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance .

In a Facebook post, Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team said: “The team were tasked by Humber Coastguard to reports of a fisherman who had fallen off the Bridlington Harbour down a hatch into the bottom of a boat.

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“The team arrived on scene and met with ambulance service and fire responder. Whilst ambulance service stabilised the casualty the officer in charge and team began to prepare for what was going to be a difficult extraction.

“It was decided that the safest way to extract would be via the Bridlington RNLI inshore lifeboat over to a more accessible part of the harbour.

The fisherman was moved into a lifeboat before being airlifted to hospital

“The officer in charge requested the launch and the team helped prepare the casualty.

“The casualty was extricated into the inshore lifeboat and was taken to the North Pier into the care of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance for onward care to hospital.”

 

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