This Sunday volunteer land and sea crews didn’t take part in the usual training. Instead, we were honoured to have been asked to help a local family with the scattering of a loved-one’s ashes at sea.
We understand the great affection many people have for this area and why the sea is so important to so many. Being asked to support with this is all part of being amongst the community and we’re happy to serve and to help with the practical assistance needed to fulfil a loved one’s last wishes.
Our thoughts remain with everyone concerned and we are extremely appreciative of the generous donation received as a thank you for our services: it’s a privilege for the Pett Level Inshore Rescue Boat teams be able to help in this way.
Education about beach safety is always ongoing, and something which needs sharing so that everyone can enjoy the UK waters as safely as possibly.
Our local beaches are no exception, so we’re pleased to share that our new Beach Safety page is now live: you can take a look here or use the link on the home page.
As the site continues to be a work-in-progress, you can expect the page to be updated regularly. So, if you have any particular safety information you’d like to know about local beaches, please let us know in the comments or contact us so we can share the answer to your question on the safety page, so that together we can help local communities and visitors enjoy the beaches safely.
As well as crew training last Sunday, 3rd June 2018, there was also a bit of work to do on the donations front.
Firstly, the donation box outside the Pett Level Inshore Rescue Boat was emptied …
Our base donation box, kindly built by students of Sussex Coast College, using materials donated by Sussex Handmade Bricks, Doleham and Parker Building Supplies, Ore.
Opening the donation box
Collecting the donations
Then there was a trip up to Fairlight Village to say thank you to the owners, Graeme and Leoni Gambrell as their recently emptied collection point has meant that a generous donation has been made to us. Members of the crew and committee popped up to pay a visit and present them with a certificate of appreciation for their efforts.
Many thanks to staff and customers of Fairlight Stores, for their generous donations at the store’s collection point. From left, Jo Barry, David Martin, Leoni and Graeme Gambrell, Mark Hall, Steve Hill and Andy Cromton.
As an independent rescue service and charity, we do reply on donations to keep us afloat, so thank you to everyone who has donated directly into our collection point at base and at Fairlight Village stores, your generosity is much appreciated.
Back to Sunday May 27th’s casualty retrieval training and session #3 involved finding a casualty at the Cliff End of the beach. For training purposes, the casualty had fallen off the groyne and had sustained a hip injury.
Of course, in this kind of situation, the casualty may be aware of ‘where it hurts’ in respect of an injury but of course there may be other hidden injuries too, so the first aiders in the crew had to treat and handle the casualty in a way which would minimise pain and prevent exacerbation of any other potential injuries typical in a fall, such as back, pelvis or neck injuries.
Once the injuries were assessed and it was identified that the stretcher would be needed, extra crew were brought along with the stretcher to help handle the stretcher safely across the very rough, rocky part of the beach.
In a real-life incident an ambulance would have been called to be ready at base for the casualty to receive paramedic attention and transportation to hospital as quickly as possible.