First Aid Training Turns Real for Dunbar Volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Dunbar’s RNLI volunteers broke off from a first aid care training course to deal with a real life casualty in challenging circumstances on Friday (January 7).

Photo shows Dunbar ILB leaving Dunbar Harbour

RNLI/Douglas Wight

Dunbar's ILB crew launch to assist casualty

Several crew, who were in the middle of a casualty care course at the station, were tasked when a 48-year-old man fell 30ft from the cliff at Winterfield Park just before 4pm.

Both boats were launched to assist in the operation, which also included coastguard teams from Dunbar and Eyemouth, police and ambulance crews and the coastguard rescue helicopter.

The crew of the inshore (ILB) lifeboat arrived on scene at 4.10pm and provided emergency care for the casualty until the rescue helicopter arrived. Meanwhile, the volunteers on the all-weather (ALB) lifeboat sat off shore in case needed.

Once the decision was made to airlift the casualty to hospital for treatment, both boats were stood down by UK coastguard at around 5.30pm.

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