No Sunday morning lie-in for Scarborough RNLI
When most people were enjoying a nice Sunday morning lie-in, Scarborough RNLI was up with the larks for an exercise which forms a crucial part of the charity’s ongoing training programme.
The early risers included Scarborough Tec media make-up tutor Kelly Carr, who applied realistic and rather gruesome injuries to six volunteer ‘casualties’ from the RNLI’s Face to Face team.
Kelly and her students often simulate wounds for training at the hospital. This was her first event for the RNLI.
The scenario: a small fishing boat developed engine failure and caught fire in the south bay. The situation was triaged and the pretend casualties were treated aboard the vessel before being taken ashore by the inshore lifeboat.
A certain amount of acting was required. Jess Hopkin, for example, landed the role of a young woman whose injury was relatively slight yet insisted she be treated first.
The participants included numerous RNLI personnel and lifeguards, two of whom paddled out on surfboards to assist.
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.