RNLI New Brighton shore-based team calls on casualty training at Giant event

Lifeboats News Release

While RNLI lifeboat crew stationed at New Brighton beach were responsible for ensuring the water safety of everyone attending the Wirral Giant Spectacular on 5 October 2018, it was the team at the lifeboat station who put their casualty care skills to use by tending to four people on the day.

Crowds on both sides of the street watch a big giant passing between them, with the lifeboat station in the background

RNLI/Gareth Naden

RNLI New Brighton boathouse-based lifeboat volunteers tended to four casualties during the Wirral Giant Spectacular

Two women had taken slip-trip tumbles – resulting in paramedics transporting one to hospital for further assessment – a youngster sought help for swelling under his right eye following enthusiastic arm waving from a friend, and another woman needed care after feeling weak and generally unwell.

Duty Deputy Launching Authority Andy Liston, said: ‘As the giant made his way towards our boathouse, we were asked to provide assistance to four individual members of the public.

‘All station personnel are trained to a high standard of casualty care. Identifying, diagnosing, treating and providing comfort in any eventuality is an essential requirement of our volunteers who provide such a pivotal service in saving lives at sea.

‘We hope all those we cared for, inshore this time, make full recoveries and we welcome their return visits should they wish at any stage.’

RNLI New Brighton lifeboat crew were tasked with ensuring water safety on New Brighton beach and the River Mersey throughout the day, while volunteer crew manning the boathouse kept an ear on the radio.

The Ladies Lifeboat Guild provided a refreshment stop at the station, serving more than 500 drinks and snacks during the Wirral event.

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