15, 2018 Video:
Burnham-On-Sea gig rowers 'rescued' in exercise with RNLI
Burnham-On-Sea gig rowers were 'rescued' during a training exercise
with lifeboat crews this week.
Gig Rowing Club and Burnham RNLI teamed up for the joint casualty
extraction exercise, as pictured here.
gig crew member was deemed to have fallen overboard, but after recovery
become very cold, verging on hypothermia, and the other had fallen
in the boat, suffering from a suspected broken leg," said an
the Burnham lifeboats were launched to seek out the gig with the
intent of extracting the two 'casualties'.
the gig was located, the lifeboats, Burnham Reach and Staines Whitfield,
rafted alongside and prepared to deal with the casualties. This
was good practice for the lifeboat volunteers, and equally useful
for the gig crew who have never had to deal with an emergency."
'hypothermic' gig member was brought in to the Sailing Club pontoons
by the crew of the D-Class lifeboat Burnham Reach, whilst the crew
of the Staines Whitfield dealt with the 'casualty' suffering a broken
leg until they were also brought ashore.
RNLI Launch Authority Phil Counsell said: "With the increasing
local popularity of gig racing, this was an ideal opportunity for
our volunteers to become familiar with the craft and its characteristics."
Coxswain Mark Rennie added: "Our rowers received useful experience,
and are more aware of lifeboat requirements if we ever require assistance."
This week's exercise underway in Burnham (photos Mark Rennie, RNLI
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