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Casualty Care Course successfully completed at RNLI Longhope

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Ten volunteer crew members attend intensive first aid training at lifeboat station.

Volunteer crew members undergo intensive first aid training

RNLI/Mary Harris

Members of RNLI Longhope lifeboat during Casualty Care Course assessment

For seven evenings last week, ten volunteer crew members from Longhope lifeboat diligently attended the RNLI Casualty Care Course at the lifeboat station. It was a big undertaking for the crew members, many having to juggle their work and family commitments in order to attend this demanding period of instruction.

This advanced training in first aid was led by Paul Castle from the RNLI college in Poole. By successfully completing this course, with written and practical assessments, the crew will now be able to offer and apply a very high standard of medical care to rescued casualties.

Volunteer crew member Dr. Christine Bradshaw said: 'I thought the crew did exceptionally well, it was a steep learning curve particularly for the younger members, who performed with distinction.'

It is reassuring to know that when our lifeboat is called out to a rescue there are crew members aboard that now have this high standard of training and if necessary, the skills to save lives at sea. Congratulations to you all and many thanks to Paul for his excellent tuition and guidance.

 RNLI Casualty Care Course successfully completed by members of Longhope lifeboat with instructor Paul Castle (far left)

RNLI/Mary Harris

Course successfully over for Longhope lifeboat crew members

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