Friday, 9 September 2016

Late Night Flight

The team were called to assist some of the off duty lifeboat crew last night after they had stopped to help an elderly man whose mobility scooter had toppled over on the Downs.

The gent was in good spirits but also in considerable pain, and so whilst the NMOC operations centre made arrangements for an ambulance, the volunteers checked the man over, monitored his condition, made him comfortable and stretchered him into the nearby lifeboat training room where he could be warmed up and where it was easier for the arriving paramedics to deal with him.

Owing to the man's condition and the proximity of ambulance units, the decision was taken to fly him to Southampton hospital using the CG helicopter from Lee on Solent, and so the team duly set up the landing site at Peveril and assisted with the stretcher transfer for the late night flight.

Once the helo had departed, and the paramedics had left, the CG and lifeboat teams tidied up and re stowed their equipment and stood down around 11.00pm.  A fine example of the two teams working together and liaising amongst themselves to get help to the individual where and when it was needed in a timely and efficient manner.

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