Clacton RNLI training interrupted to assist injured person
Volunteer crew from the Clacton RNLI lifeboat station, who were conducting routine training this sunny Sunday morning had their plans change when a call came in to assist an injured person in the water.
At approximately 10.57am on Sunday 18 July, the crew from Clacton lifeboat station in their D-Class ILB (inshore lifeboat) were already afloat performing a series of training exercises, when the call came in that a person was in the water and suffering from unknown injuries. The crew then made to the reported position of the injured person, at Gunfleet Boating club a few minutes away.
Arriving on the scene, the volunteer crew quickly located the casualty, who was kneeling in the sea and complaining of back pain. The casualty care trained crew member provided assistance to the person and it was decided due to the severity of the pain and its locality that this injury should be treated as a spinal injury.
The crew stabilised the casualty and shortly after the Hart Ambulance (Hazardous Area Response Team) arrived at the scene.
The crew helped to carry the casualty to the waiting ambulance who was transported to a local hospital for further tests and treatment.
The lifeboat crew were then stood down returning to the lifeboat station where the lifeboat was cleaned, re-fuelled and checked before going back into service by 1.20pm.
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