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Byline: The Moelfre RNLI volunteer inshore lifeboat crew were launched yesterday (8th August) to reports of a child who was unconscious after sustaining a head injury whilst sailing.
Page Content: The RNLI inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Martin Jones was at the scene within three minutes of launching. The casualty had already been transferred onto another vessel which was located in the shallow water of Traeth Bychan beach.

RNLI casualty care trained crewmember Dwynwen Parry transferred onto the vessel with the appropriate first aid equipment. Along with Martin they completed a full patient medical assessment using the RNLI Casualty care check cards and quickly obtained an accurate history, which is vital in determining any further treatment. The boy appeared to have a reduced conscious level but was talking and able to answer simple questions. The decision was made to place the boy on free flow oxygen therapy via a mask. 

The thirteen year old boy had sustained a significant blow to the head from the boom of his sailing dingy. The impact was bad enough to render him unconscious for a short period of time. Despite the fact that the boy had been moved prior to their arrival the experienced RNLI crew placed a correctly sized collar on the casualty and kept him still to prevent any possible spinal injuries as a result of the head injury.

The Moelfre RNLI volunteer crew kept the casualty warm and reduced any further movement and injuries by holding the head and neck in neutral alignment. They constantly reassured the boy and his concerned family until the arrival of the rescue helicopter from RAF Valley. Along with the winch man and the Moelfre Coastguard team they secured the patient and he was evacuated to the hospital along with his mother.  

Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station press officer Dave Massey said:

Firstly we would like to wish the young man our best wishes and we hope he makes a full recovery soon. I think that both Martin and Dwynwen should be complimented for the swift and professional way they both dealt with this difficult incident. They both worked efficiently as a team to complete a detailed patient assessment, identify his injuries and obtain an accurate history. All this enabled them to provide the best possible treatment and prevent any further injuries or deterioration in his condition. They were able to confidently deal with this incident thanks to the RNLI Casualty care training they both completed earlier on this year. Also the fact that they both, along with the other crew regularly update their knowledge thanks to the weekly training sessions carried out in the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station and afloat on the lifeboats.

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Notes to editors
• Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since 1830. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.moelfrernli.com 
• Attached is an image of the Moelfre RNLI inshore lifeboat volunteer crew Dwynwen Parry and Martin Jones who were involved in the rescue.
• This year’s Moelfre Lifeboat day will be held on Saturday August 10th 2013.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Dave Massey, Moelfre RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press officer on 07917 267213

RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/press

Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coast. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Elusen sydd wedi ei chofrestru yn Lloegr, yr Alban a Gweriniaeth Iwerddon

Byline: The Moelfre RNLI volunteer inshore lifeboat crew were launched yesterday (8th August) to reports of a child who was unconscious after sustaining a head injury whilst sailing.
Page Content: The RNLI inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Martin Jones was at the scene within three minutes of launching. The casualty had already been transferred onto another vessel which was located in the shallow water of Traeth Bychan beach.

RNLI casualty care trained crewmember Dwynwen Parry transferred onto the vessel with the appropriate first aid equipment. Along with Martin they completed a full patient medical assessment using the RNLI Casualty care check cards and quickly obtained an accurate history, which is vital in determining any further treatment. The boy appeared to have a reduced conscious level but was talking and able to answer simple questions. The decision was made to place the boy on free flow oxygen therapy via a mask. 

The thirteen year old boy had sustained a significant blow to the head from the boom of his sailing dingy. The impact was bad enough to render him unconscious for a short period of time. Despite the fact that the boy had been moved prior to their arrival the experienced RNLI crew placed a correctly sized collar on the casualty and kept him still to prevent any possible spinal injuries as a result of the head injury.

The Moelfre RNLI volunteer crew kept the casualty warm and reduced any further movement and injuries by holding the head and neck in neutral alignment. They constantly reassured the boy and his concerned family until the arrival of the rescue helicopter from RAF Valley. Along with the winch man and the Moelfre Coastguard team they secured the patient and he was evacuated to the hospital along with his mother.  

Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station press officer Dave Massey said:

Firstly we would like to wish the young man our best wishes and we hope he makes a full recovery soon. I think that both Martin and Dwynwen should be complimented for the swift and professional way they both dealt with this difficult incident. They both worked efficiently as a team to complete a detailed patient assessment, identify his injuries and obtain an accurate history. All this enabled them to provide the best possible treatment and prevent any further injuries or deterioration in his condition. They were able to confidently deal with this incident thanks to the RNLI Casualty care training they both completed earlier on this year. Also the fact that they both, along with the other crew regularly update their knowledge thanks to the weekly training sessions carried out in the Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station and afloat on the lifeboats.


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Notes to editors
• Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since 1830. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.moelfrernli.com 
• Attached is an image of the Moelfre RNLI inshore lifeboat volunteer crew Dwynwen Parry and Martin Jones who were involved in the rescue.
• This year’s Moelfre Lifeboat day will be held on Saturday August 10th 2013.



RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Dave Massey, Moelfre RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press officer on 07917 267213


RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/press

Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coast. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Elusen sydd wedi ei chofrestru yn Lloegr, yr Alban a Gweriniaeth Iwerddon