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A man was transferred to hospital by helicopter recently after sustaining a knee injury and being unable to make it back to shore in Earnse Bay on the western side of Walney Island near Barrow-in-Furness.
A member of the public contacted Liverpool Coastguard at 5.40 pm to let them know that they could see a man and a dog approximately half a mile out, surrounded by water at the top of Earnse Bay. He observed that the man looked to be struggling but was not making his way back to the shore or out of the water.
Liverpool Coastguard sent the Walney Coastguard Rescue Team to the scene, along with requesting the launch of the Duddon Inshore Lifeboat and scrambling a helicopter from RAF Valley. Once the coastguard rescue team arrived on scene they reported that the man was face down in the water and appeared to be unresponsive. At this point, Liverpool Coastguard also requested an ambulance attend. The casualty was then brought ashore by the lifeboat and paramedics worked on him until the helicopter arrived. Once transferred to the helicopter he was taken to Furness General Hospital. By the time he arrived at the hospital the man was reported to be conscious and speaking to the helicopter crew. The dog is currently being looked after by local Police.
Liverpool Coastguard Watch Manager Paul Parkes said:
This man owes his life to the quick thinking member of the public who spotted him in difficulty and reported it to us. It appears that he had suffered a knee injury that meant he was unable to make it to shore and when the coastguard rescue team located him and found him face down in the water they feared the worst. Luckily their attempts at giving CPR and the work that the paramedics and the helicopter crew did to stabilise him were successful and by the time he was transferred to hospital he had regained consciousness and was able to talk. We are so grateful to the member of the public who raised the alarm and would ask anyone who sees anyone at the coast who they believe to be in difficulty to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.