Walton and Frinton RNLI Lifeboat crew assist injured man

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Walton and Frinton RNLI had their Sunday morning 'exercise' turned into a real-life shout.

The crew were just launching on a training exercise on Sunday May 12 when a call came in that an injured man had been found by a member of the public on the sea wall at Frinton.

Both the station's boarding boat and Tamar all-weather Lifeboat (ALB) were used to quickly get casualty care specialists and equipment to the Walings beach to help stabilise the casualty until an ambulance arrived. An off-duty doctor was also able to attend and reassure the gentleman.

A Coastguard team also assisted with access and helped move the casualty to safety.

The lifeboat's pain-relief equipment and specialist stretcher were used to prepare the casualty for the transfer to a road ambulance which arrived some time later.

Once the hand over to the ambulance service had been completed the ALB proceeded with the exercise as planned.

Volunteer crew member Simon Berry, who was one of those who treated the casualty, said: 'This was a really good team effort with all agencies as well as members of the public coming together to assist this gentleman at a very difficult time.

'Due to the nature of his injuries he was in a lot of pain and was some distance from the ambulance access point. We were able to make him more comfortable until he could be transferred to hospital.'

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For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or Miranda_Rayner@rnli.org.uk

Or Dale Steggles, Walton and Frinton RNLI Deputy Press Officer on 07540802302 or Dale_Steggles@rnli.org.uk

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