RNLI lifeboat training put to good use during dramatic on land incident

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers at Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat Station had a special visitor last week, when a lady they attended to during a serious road collision called by to say thank you.

Crew member Paul Williams with Amy when she visited the station to thank the crew that helped her

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Crew member Paul Williams with Amy when she visited the station to thank the crew that helped her

On the 4 January 2016, Amy Best, who is a student at Aberystwyth University was involved in a serious road traffic collision in the town. Two of the volunteer Aberystwyth lifeboat crew, Paul Williams and Nick Thomson, were near the scene and used their RNLI casualty care training to assist treating Amy, alongside paramedics, one of whom, Ian Brandreth is also a crew member.

Amy visited the station along with her mum to thank the crew for what they did that day. She is continuing to study for her Masters at Aberystwyth and also plays ladies rugby for the University. Amy hopes to raise money for the station through her rugby activities and become more involved with Aberystwyth RNLI when she returns to the locality in September.

Mark Morgan, Aberystwyth RNLI Branch Chairman said ‘Amy is adamant that Paul and Nick's actions, along with the expert professional assistance given by crew member Ian Brandreth saved her life that day. We've a great crew here and we're proud of them. Some people may have walked away from this situation but Paul and Nick stepped in without a second thought. It says a lot about the ethos of our RNLI volunteers. Our crews receive extensive training in casualty care to use during their call outs, in this case they the crew could use that training on the dry land.

Amy endured many months of surgery and rehabilitation following her accident. She graduated at Aberystwyth University last week. I need say no more about her positive resilience and determination to overcome and succeed’.

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