lifeboat exercise sees 'rescue' from town lighthouse
RNLI crew were put through their paces with a scenario-based training
exercise this week that involved rescuing casualties from Burnham's
lower lighthouse as the tide enveloped them.
training was designed to test the skills of all the station's volunteers,
and included a first aid incident as well.
Launch Operations Manager received notification that for exercise
purposes reports had been received of lights being spotted on Burnham's
Lower Lighthouse and he was requested to launch the lifeboats to
set in motion the lifeboat and shore crew members getting changed
as quickly as possible into the necessary personal protective equipment,
then marshalling traffic to enable the launch vehicles to be driven
to the jetty.
Beach Master, who is in charge of authorising launches at the water's
edge and safety, had to deal with challenging conditions due to
the high tide and waves on the jetty but a successful launch of
the B class lifeboat was possible.
due to a member of the shore crew (pretending) to fall and break
their leg the D Class lifeboat 'Burnham Reach' was unable to launch
from the jetty. So with quick thinking the Beach Master despatched
them to the alternate launch site at the sailing club," said
shore crew then had to deal with the first aid incident and had
to use their recently refreshed first aid skills to fracture strap
the casualty and get them into a stretcher to get them off the jetty."
the lifeboat crews managed to get a crew member onto the lighthouse,
with skillful boat handling, and on assessing the scene they discovered
two cold casualties one of whom had a suspected broken leg."
was the turn for the boat crews to use their first aid skills and
to work out how to safely evacuate the casualties. Once all training
had been complete it was time for the lifeboats to be returned to
station for a full wash down and a full debrief."
Burnham Reach and lower lighthouse showing the D Class lifeboat
Burnham Reach with the lower lighthouse behind