On Monday 17 August, lifeguard Viktor Lazar was called to a young girl who had fallen from a 4foot trampoline and had landed in an awkward position on the sand at Joss Bay.
After carrying out initial medical checks, Viktor radioed to the beach lifeguard unit and requested an ambulance. Meanwhile, senior lifeguard Simone Ward rushed to the injured casualty with a first aid kit and spinal board.
Local surf instructor, Dave Melmoth, who had initially spotted the injured girl, helped the lifeguards by immobilising her spine in order to prevent further injury. This also allowed the lifeguards to perform crucial medical checks and administer oxygen to the casualty who was suffering from severe back, neck and arm pain.
Once paramedics arrived on the scene, everyone worked together to carefully to transfer the young girl onto a stretcher. They then carried her to the ambulance and she was taken to hospital.
Ben Detheridge, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor said: ‘Our lifeguards are trained in Casualty Care which allows them to act as first responders for the local ambulance trust. Thanks to the variety of training scenarios we practice throughout the season, the lifeguards on duty were able to work effectively with the paramedics and beach staff during an incident which requires good teamwork and communication.’
This incident comes just days after RNLI lifeguards on Ramsgate beach treated a four year old girl who had fallen off her Father’s shoulders on to the concrete promenade.
The incident, which happened at 3pm on Thursday 11 August, resulted in the dazed casualty being placed on a spinal board by lifeguards India Ribbans and Lucy-Jane MacGowan.
Once an ambulance had arrived on the scene, India and Lucy handed care of the casualty over to the paramedics who then took her to the trauma department at Ashford hospital.
Ben continued: ‘I would encourage anyone planning a visit to the coast this summer to visit an RNLI lifeguarded beach where our teams are able to perform lifesaving water rescues and respond to a wide range of first aid emergencies.’
RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling the following beaches from 10am until 6pm until September 6; Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Stone Bay, Joss Bay, Botany Bay, Margate, Westbrook, St Mildreds, West Bay, Minnis and also on the Isle of Sheppey.
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