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Casualty Care Exercise Goes Well

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Topically close to Burns Night, a “Casualty Care” exercise carried out by the Burnham on Crouch Lifeboat Station on Thursday evening, 21st January, successfully treated and evacuated the obliging wounded guinea pig and familiarised the RNLI volunteer crew with the challenges of dealing with a burns patient.

The scenario being played out was that one of the crew had been caught in a fuel explosion whilst fuelling an outboard engine. He received burns to the upper torso and was found in the Atlantic, whilst in the Lifeboat Station. The task for the crew was accurately diagnosing the injuries, providing treatment and then transferring him to a stretcher before getting him out of the vessel and ready for an ambulancer transfer.IMG_4244

Despite the difficulties of transferring a casualty into the stretcher and out of the boat the operation was completed successfully… eventually.

This was just one of the regular training exercises carried out by the volunteer RNLI crew of Burnham on Crouch Lifeboat Station to keep them at full readiness. Which means being prepared to look after each other as well as looking out for the public and saving lives at sea.


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