Lifeboat and helicopter rescued Fishponds woman injured on beach
A FISHPONDS couple have thanked the rescue volunteers who came to their aid in an emergency on a popular holiday beach.
Janet Dawkins and her partner Nick Clayton were visiting Dawlish Warren on the south Devon coast on Easter Saturday when Janet sat down awkwardly on a rock and dislocated her hip.
She was in excruciating pain and an off-duty paramedic who rushed to help said she urgently needed pain-relieving gas and air.
A 999 call brought a response from a Coastguard helicopter from St Athan in Wales but closer at hand was the RNLI inshore lifeboat George Bearman II, just across the river Exe in Exmouth.
Lifeboat helm Henry Mock and crew Harry Griffin and Charlie Allen were on the scene within eight minutes with the pain-relieving gas, to help Janet until the helicopter arrived.
The Coastguard team then administered morphine and flew Janet to Derriford hospital in Plymouth for treatment.
Teignmouth Coastguard Rescue Team cleared the beach so the helicopter could land and helped carry Janet on a stretcher to the helicopter.
Janet and Nick decided they wanted to thank the volunteers personally, so at the end of June they returned to Devon to hand over a donation to Exmouth RNLI.
Nick said: "We are still amazed by what we saw on Easter Saturday: three emergency teams working together seamlessly to help Janet get the care she needed.
"It’s not until you really need help that you realise how incredible these services are.
"Janet wanted to show her appreciation and talk to the volunteers who all played a part in the rescue.
Nick said he had been himself been rescued by an RNLI lifeboat from Exmouth in 1993
He added: "On our visit, I discovered that Henry Mock’s father, Tim, was on that service, so I could say thank you again!
"Janet and I would like to say a big thank you to all involved and to the NHS at Derriford for literally putting Janet back on her feet."