[T]he volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat earlier today, Sunday 23rd July 2017, to assist in the rescue of an injured boy from Piel Island.
The request to launch the lifeboat came from HM Coastguard at Holyhead at 2:01pm today, stating that an eleven year old boy had been on Piel Island with his parents when he had fallen and suffered a broken lower leg.
Arrangements had been made by Holyhead Coastguard to have the boy evacuated to hospital by helicopter.
Barrows inshore lifeboat crew were paged and the ‘Vision of Tamworth’ was launched at 2.21pm with Dave Kell, Andy Baxter, Ben Jackson and Adam Cleasby aboard. They quickly made their way to the island where three crew were put ashore to help stabilise the young casualty.
The lifeboat then returned to the lifeboat station where four members of the Furness Coastguard team were waiting to be taken to the island.
Having been transported to the island the Coastguard team made the are safe and prepared an area for the Caernavon based Helicopter 936 to land.
The helicopters paramedic examined the patient and with assistance from the coastguard team the casualty was loaded onto the aircraft and flown to Furness General Hospital for treatment to his leg injury.
The lifeboat then returned all personnel to the mainland and was rehoused by 3.05pm.