A 29-year-old surfer suffered a head injury whilst surfing at Hell’s Mouth near Abersoch, off the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales, on the afternoon of Saturday 4 August.
The C Flight Sea King helicopter was called in from a training sortie with NHS personnel in the local area by a Coastguard team who were treating the casualty.
Winchman paramedic Flight Sergeant Chas McDonagh and Doctor Linda Dykes took the decision to transfer the casualty, who was thought to have a potential spinal injury, to Bangor Hospital by Sea King.
The Sea King landed in a field near the beach after being directed to the landing site by the Coastguard using smoke flares, and a local farmer assisted by using his flatbed tractor to convey the casualty to the aircraft.
The rescue itself was an example of multi-agency co-operation involving the Coastguard, the North Wales Ambulance Service and RAF Search And Rescue.
The casualty was later discharged from hospital.
The duty crew carrying out C Flight’s 9,000th rescue on Olympic Super Saturday were Flight Lieutenant Jon Ewer, Flight Lieutenant Richard Smith, Flight Sergeant Chas McDonagh and Sergeant Mike Boisser-Wyles.