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Quick Thinking & Lifeguard Training Saves Woman

12 Jul. 2017 Posted by admin

Two volunteer RNLI lifeguards, Harry B (pictured) and Jamie B, have used their lifeguard training to save lives away from the beach.

Harry Brooksbank, 16, who patrols Portreath and Porthtowan beaches, had only officially been a volunteer lifeguard for a few hours when he was able to use his RNLI training in real life. Driving back from training, he spotted a casualty on the side of the road near Redruth. Asking his mum to pull over, Harry ran from the car to the injured woman, his Lifeguard training immediately kicking in.

Harry said: 'After asking what happened, I did a secondary survey and noticed the woman had sustained a nasty hit to the head from when she fell over. Her neck and back seemed fine so I rolled her into the recovery position. I waited with her for two hours whilst I waited for the police and ambulance to arrive.

Thanks in part to Harry's quick response and casualty care knowledge, it is believed the woman is recovering well.

Drustan Ward, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor for south west England, said: 'We're extremely proud of our lifeguards and the quality of the training they receive. Three of the RNLI's core values are courageousness, dependability and selflessness and all three can be seen in Harry and Jamie's actions.  Both incidents took place during their time off, in the evenings, yet they were ready to help save lives wherever they were needed. Volunteers are vitally important the charity. It's because of their service that we're able to save lives at sea.'