Just 2 minutes from the end of the 24 hr race, the IRB was called to a casualty in the water with suspected broken ribs. The lifeboat helmsman decided to put one crew member in the water, and to transfer the casualty to the side whilst he was still in the water. This was done to prevent further injuries to the casualty from transferring him into the boat.
Whilst the casualty was being transferred, the boat crew requested an ambulance via race control, they also radioed Southport RNLI Lifeguards to attend with a spinal board.
Once the lifeguards arrived, the spinal board was placed under the casualty and used to remove him from the water, then into the car park behind the Southport Theatre complex.
The casualty was handed over to the ambulance personnel and despatched to the hospital.