A little boy's message of thanks for RNLI rescue at beach near Plymouth
A LITTLE boy has written a heart-warming note to a lifeboat crew who helped his brother after a nasty fall.
Seven-year-old Cameron Hill wrote to RNLI lifeguards at Whitsand Bay after they tended to his four-year-old brother Alistair (Ali) who hurt his spine on a beach trip earlier this summer.
The boys were on holiday from Middlesex with their mum and dad, Tom and Marcelle Hill, when Ali fell backwards off a rocky crag onto a sharp boulder.
"He only fell a metre but landed awkwardly and was very shocked and started screaming and crying," said 40-year-old Tom.
"The team of lifeguards on the beach heard about it and suddenly it was like the A-Team had arrived."
Tom said the team had been worried about Ali's back and so took every precaution possible.
Tom added: "I would have carried Ali up the cliffs and taken him to casualty myself but the emergency services said it was better for them to deal with it."
Lifeguards provided emergency medical care to the young boy with the assistance of Tamar Coastguard and paramedics.
The boy was airlifted to hospital by 771 Squadron from RNAS Culdrose.
"They were fabulous," said Tom.
"They were so slick and they got him to Derriford Hospital within four minutes."
The family wrote to the RNLI to show their gratitude and Cameron and Ali drew a picture of the RNLI crew in their boat. The seven-year-old added the message: "Thank you for helping my brother Ali when he hurt his back."
Tom also wrote to the lifeguards thanking them for their professionalism, with a cheque donation of £250.
Tom said in his letter: "I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for the amazing response and service we received from your organisation. 771 Squadron from Culdrose, HM Coastguard and South Western Ambulance Service were also involved and the professionalism and dovetailing of the services was exceptional. Please pass on not only my thanks but also Alistair's to all those involved at the RNLI."
Ali was kept at Derriford for around three hours while swelling, caused by bruising around the spine, reduced.
RNLI lifeguard supervisor Chris Wafer said: "The whole team was delighted to receive Tom's letter, Alistair's drawing and Cameron's note, and especially their generous donation. We were concerned about Alistair after his fall but it was great to hear he's made a full recovery. Our thanks go to Tom and his family for their praise and kind words."