On Thursday 19 September, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards held a towing, casualty care and mass evacuation exercise with the passenger vessel from Share Discovery Village, Inishcruiser. The exercise took place close to the Share Centre.
The weather couldn’t have been better with flat calm conditions.
When the lifeboat first arrived a tow was established for the volunteer crew to practise moving a boat as big. A side by side tow, a tow where the lifeboat is tied alongside another boat, was set up so the crew could then try turning the vessel. The much smaller lifeboat was able to complete this with ease.
The lifeboat and its crew then moved away from the Inishcruiser and waited until called for the next part of the exercise, casualty care. Already on the Inishcruiser were three volunteer crew who along with three crew from the lifeboat found a lady in a wheelchair that needed assistance but also a man, face down, with chest pain. Casualty care was administered to both casualties with the man who had a suspected heart attack being treated using the equipment carried by the lifeboat.
During this time the staff from Share along with lifeboat crew who had been acting as passengers, evacuated the passenger boat into two waiting boats which made several runs back to the centre. The lady in the wheelchair was lifted from her chair into the boat followed by the man with the chest pain who was transported back to the land in the lifeboat.
Speaking following the exercise, Stephen Scott, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Carrybridge RNLI said: ‘‘We would like to thank the staff from Share Discovery Village for helping to arrange this very valuable exercise. It gave our crew a great opportunity to work with a bigger vessel as well as working with a large amount of people including the two casualties who played the part extremely well. We would also like to remind everyone that if you see someone in trouble on the water or are in difficulties yourself the number to dial is: 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’’