A TEENAGER with a dislocated knee was given treatment by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat volunteers today after he slipped on rocks.
The alarm was raised after the male suffered the injury on rocks at Trow Point, South Shields on Saturday afternoon.
Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat at 17:17 as although the casualty was on shore, it was not known if it would be possible to evacuate him from the beach by land.
Arriving on scene the lifeboat crew beached the boat and met teams from Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade who were with the casualty.
The lifeboat crew are trained to a high standard of Casualty Care – a higher level than First Aid – and they set about preparing the teenager for evacuation from the beach by the Paramedic Hazardous Area Response Team that had also been tasked.
Once the casualty had been placed in the ambulance and taken to hospital the lifeboat crew returned to station, arriving at 18:20.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble