Multi agency training involving Beaumaris Lifeboat volunteers.
The volunteers at the Beaumaris lifeboat joined forces with others being BASICS responders from North Wales Emergency Doctor Service (NWEDS), Community First Responders, Welsh Ambulance Services, paramedics and technicians, U.K. Coastguard Rescue Team from Penmon in two casualty care scenarios.
The exercises being undertaken on Beaumaris pier.
The first exercise was a simulation of the lifeboat recovering a casualty from a high speed Jet Ski accident this involved the casualty being initially treated on the afloat lifeboat then the transfer of care to the shore based teams until it was possible to place him in an ambulance for transfer to the Accident and Emergency department.
In the second exercise involving a very expensive but extremely realistic radio controlled mannequin from the Ysbyty Gwynedd Undergraduate Department; the lifeboat crew had to carry out the initial emergency care whilst afloat pending transfer to the shore based agencies to continue and expand on the treatment of the casualty pending the patient being stabilised enough for transfer to hospital.
The exercises began at 11.00 am and finished at 4 pm so all the volunteers had a hectic day but extremely rewarding day with each agency learning from and appreciating the work carried out by the other volunteers.
In addition the training all the volunteers knew that at any moment it might have to be halted should one or more of the agencies be required to attend a genuine incident.
The lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station at Beaumaris and was refuelled and prepared for her next service call by 4.55 pm.
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.