Liam Sharpe, volunteer RNLI crewmember at Bude RNLI, was at Widemouth beach on Tuesday when he became aware of a woman unconscious in the water.
When he arrived at the scene she’d been pulled from the water by members of the public and was further up the beach.
Liam was assisted by his work colleague, James Adams, and surf coach, Robin Ross. He used the casualty care skills he learned as an RNLI volunteer to provide emergency casualty care treatment and her condition improved. The woman was then taken to hospital for further care.
One of our instructors (Puffs -who was just finishing taking a group out surfing) pointed out someone being dragged up the beach. We ran over and it was pretty clear that it was not a training exercise. I assisted Liam in maintaining an airway while Puffs retrieved the trauma bag and oxygen from the Lifeguard Station. We managed her situation until the Air Ambulance arrived, at which point we left them to it. It was really great to work with Liam as we knew without hesitation or panic what each other’s roles were.
Great work from the three guys.