Surfer airlifted to hospital after suffering chest injuries at Robin Hood's Bay

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Emergency services were called out to rescue a surfer who got injured in Robin Hood's Bay yesterday.

Whitby RNLI's inshore lifeboat was launched at around 2.30pm. Whitby Coastguard and the rescue helicopter also attended.

The man had sustained chest injuries and was on the rocks near North Cheek. The inshore lifeboat did a beach landing and offered first aid alongside the coastguard team.

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Due to the sea conditions it was decided that it would not be safe to transfer the casualty to the lifeboat so the patient was taken by air ambulance to James Cook Hospital.

An injured surfer was rescued at Robin Hood's Bay.An injured surfer was rescued at Robin Hood's Bay.
An injured surfer was rescued at Robin Hood's Bay.

The inshore lifeboat remained on the scene until all the other surfers and coastguard were safely off the rocks before returning to station.

Helm of the inshore lifeboat at the time, volunteer Mark Frankland said: "Even the most experienced surfers can get into difficulty in the water. These coastal locations can be hard to reach for an ambulance so we are lucky to have the air ambulance to reach casualties quickly alongside the local rescue teams.

"We recommend that surfers and other people enjoying the coast always carry a means of calling for help should an incident occur, you can alert the RNLI to an incident by calling 999 and asking for the coastguard."