Saving Lives at Sea: Series 7 Episode 7
Find out more about the stories and stations featured in series 7 episode 7 of Saving Lives at Sea, with rescues from Swanage, Newquay and Kinghorn.
In this video you’re welcome onboard with RNLI Clinical Operations Manager Richard Faulkner to learn more about the casualty care training our lifeboat volunteers receive. Get a closer look at the equipment we saw them use to in this week’s episode, including their casualty care cards, bandages and hypothermia blankets.
Swanage: A diver in danger
We began the episode in Swanage, as RNLI volunteers launched to the rescue of an unconscious diver pulled from the water at the Kyarra wreck. The all-weather lifeboat crew powered to the dive vessel, where the diver was being given oxygen, and a rescue helicopter arrived to airlift him to hospital.
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Newquay: A fall from the rocks
Over in Newquay, RNLI crew members helped an injured woman who had fallen from the rocks at Holywell Bay. Two of the three crew are NHS paramedics, so took charge of her care and assessed her multiple injuries before requesting a Coastguard rescue helicopter to airlift her to hospital.
Last year, in Looe, RNLI crew members battled the rising tide to save a teenage boy who had fallen from a cliff.Read: Racing the tide
Swanage: An injury at sea
When a yacht crew member badly injured his hand, the volunteers at Swanage RNLI launched to his rescue. He was in considerable pain, but the lifeboat crew were able to clean and dress his wound, while giving him pain relief. He was then brought aboard the lifeboat and taken ashore, into the care of ambulance paramedics.
The vast majority of RNLI volunteers join with no medical training – so how do they treat injury and illness at sea?Read: Big Sick, Little Sick
Kinghorn: A swimmer in distress
And finally, Kinghorn RNLI went to the rescue of a struggling swimmer, after several people called 999. The crew began their search, carefully avoiding sharp rocks and creel pot buoys, before finding the swimmer clinging to a buoyancy aid, 100m offshore.
In Cullercoats, RNLI crew went to the rescue of a swimmer who had been hit by a wave and slammed onto jagged rocks.Read: A rocky rescue
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