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Injured volleyball player airlifted off beach

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards helped a man who had been injured during a volleyball game on Belvedere beach yesterday (Sunday 10 July).

The charity’s lifeguards were called to assist the man at 12.30pm after he fell and injured his neck on a guide rope that was securing the beach volleyball net.

RNLI lifeguards Louis Evans and Rianna Manson attended the scene. Their colleague Nathan Otley coordinated the operation from the RNLI base.

Bridlington Coastguard was travelling near the beach and also stopped to help.

As the volleyball player had suffered a suspected neck injury, the lifeguards placed him in a support collar and put him onto a spinal board.

They kept him in a stable condition covering him in a blanket until the Coastguard helicopter arrived and took him to hospital for further treatment.

The casualty was later discharged from hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Helen Peterson, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: ‘The volleyball player received swift and effective treatment which is testament to the seamless teamwork demonstrated by the agencies involved.

‘We’re very pleased that we were able to help the man and that he has been discharged from hospital. We would always urge people to visit a lifeguarded beach where our teams will be happy to help and are on hand to offer friendly safety advice.’

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