Sennen Cove RNLI volunteers save a life on land
RNLI volunteers from Sennen Cove lifeboat station provided emergency casualty care to a local gentleman who had suffered a heart attack on Tuesday (29 December)
Philip Shannon, volunteer Deputy Launching Authority (former Coxswain, and longest serving lifeboat crew at Sennen Cove) was out with a group of friends on Tuesday morning, when the gentleman next to him collapsed. Phil responded immediately, with the casualty care training he received as part of his RNLI role kicking in.
Philip’s colleagues, volunteer Terry George (former Coxswain) and mechanic Richard Brown responded from the lifeboat station, bringing with them the casualty care kit, oxygen, and village defib, but on arrival, Philip had successfully provided CPR and the casualty was sitting up.
The casualty was taken by air and road ambulance to Royal Cornwall Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.
Tom Mansell, RNLI Lifesaving Lead says;
‘I am so pleased to hear that because of Philip’s actions, the outcome was so positive. The gentleman who is known to many people locally was very lucky that Philip, with the appropriate lifesaving knowledge was there to help, and to administer that help immediately.
In such a remote place such as Sennen Cove, our volunteer lifeboat crew who have received casualty care training to a first responder level are invaluable to the local community and I know Philip is pleased to have been able to use this skill and knowledge to help someone he knows.
Its lovely to think that a family will be starting the New Year in such a positive way.’
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· Please find attached a picture of Philip Shannon, RNLI Deputy Launch Authority credit Tim Stevens
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