Lifeboat crew called out to aid fallen horse rider

Dunbar lifeboat.
Dunbar lifeboat.

A recent callout has shown that the work of RNLI’s volunteer crews is not restricted to rescues at sea.

On Sunday, October 11, shortly after 1pm, the Dunbar inshore lifeboat and her 
volunteer crew were launched to go to the assistance of a horse rider who had fallen from her horse whilst riding along the beach in Belhaven Bay.

The coastguard rescue team were already on the beach and were helping the casualty when the lifeboat crew arrived.

It was soon found that the casualty’s injuries were not life threatening.

The lifeboat crew put the casualty on a stretcher and carried her to the car park near the beach, where she was passed over into the care of the waiting ambulance crew.

Dunbar lifeboat Coxswain Gary Fairbairn said after the lifeboat had returned to its station: “This is why it’s so important that we train with the Coastguard and other emergency services, so that we are able to smoothly and quickly transfer a casualty from our care to someone else’s, or vice versa.”

Once the casualty was in the care of the ambulance crew the lifeboat volunteers returned to the Dunbar lifeboat station, where the boat was cleaned and readied for its next callout.