Llandudno lifeboat volunteer uses RNLI training to help to save a life

Lifeboats News Release

Last Thursday whilst travelling home in Llandudno, lifeboat volunteer Chris Bestall saw that members of the public were helping a man who was in cardiac arrest. He immediately offered his RNLI casualty care training to help.


Members of the public were already trying their best to assist the casualty but Chris's RNLI training immediately kicked in as he stopped to help. Using the charity's lifesaving casualty care training Chris continued post resuscitation care with assistance from other members of the public until paramedics and the air ambulance arrived.

Captain Marcus Elliott Lifeboat Operations Manager said: 'I’m very proud of Chris whose extensive RNLI casualty care training helped to provide the man with immediate lifesaving interventions. Without the prompt medical care from all of those involved, and the rapid recognition of cardiac arrest, the casualty may not have survived. Many people are unaware that the lifeboat crew perform lifesaving work in our role as first responders for all medical emergencies, both major and minor. They are highly trained in casualty care, which is a form of advanced first aid. Lifeboat crew provide a vital role in the immediate response to look after injured or ill casualties until further help arrives.'

Chris who has been a volunteer crew member at Llandudno for very a relatively short time, described how events had occurred: 'When I arrived to help the other people who were already providing first aid, my casualty care training kicked in immediately. I remembered to assess the casualty for vital signs, and it was evident that the gentleman was very poorly indeed. I knew from my RNLI training it was essential to keep trying everything we could until help arrived. I was so relieved when after continuous resuscitation and using the defibrillator the casualty finally showed signs of responding and regained consciousness. I was so proud to have played a part, but also very proud of all of the other people there who played such a huge part in helping this poor man to survive.'

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