First aid training comes true for Dunbar volunteers

Lifeboat press release

On Friday January 7, RNLI volunteers from Dunbar interrupted a first aid training course to deal with a real casualty in difficult circumstances.

RNLI / Douglas Wight

Dunbar ILB crew launch to aid the wounded

Several crew members, who were in the middle of a casualty care course at the station, were loaded when a 48-year-old man fell 30 feet off the cliff in Winterfield Park just before 4 p.m.

The two boats were launched to help with the operation, which also included coastguard teams from Dunbar and Eyemouth, police and ambulance teams and the coastguard rescue helicopter.

The inshore rescue boat (ILB) crew arrived at the scene at 4:10 p.m. and provided emergency care until the rescue helicopter arrived. Meanwhile, the All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) volunteers sat off shore when needed.

After the decision was taken to transport the victim to hospital for treatment, the two boats were stopped by the British coastguard around 5.30 p.m.

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