Trearddur Bay volunteers help man with back injury


For the second time this weekend, the crew of Trearddur Bay RNLI have been commissioned by the Holyhead Coastguard.

On Saturday they were asked to help a small fishing boat, suffering from engine trouble, near LLanddwyn Island and, after a brief assessment, they took the boat in tow to Rhoscolyn.

At around 3.30pm on Sunday, the two boats from Trearddur Bay were tasked with assisting an injured man at Porth Twyn Mawr. Upon arrival, the crew tended to a man with an injured back on their boat and as he was in extreme pain, trained casualty care volunteers administered Penthrox to help relieve the pain before removing him. put in their stretcher and take him ashore. With no ambulances immediately available and being in an isolated location, not wishing to risk further spinal injuries to the victim, they requested an airlift and waited for the guards helicopter to arrive. -ribs. Shortly after landing near the beach and before the crew had a chance to transfer the victim on board, the helicopter was immediately assigned to another incident leaving them no choice but to transfer the victim to the charity’s Class D boat, the Clive and Imelda Rawlins. then on the Atlantic 85, Hereford Endeavour. Helmsman Lee Duncan said “we had planned to fly the victim to Rhosneigr or Trearddur Bay for better access to ambulances, however, the helicopter returned after being removed from its previous task and the victim was extracted from Aberffraw beach and taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd for immediate treatment.

Crew member and trained carer Steven Williams said: “Given the circumstances and the difficulty of the location, the boys did an excellent job. The casualty care training really started and showed its worth, the poor guy was in a lot of pain but after giving him the Penthrox he was comfortably strapped into the stretcher preventing any further damage to his spine.

Crew member Mike Doran also noted that ‘it was a long shout out in this heat, four hours in all, an audience member kindly brought the guys drinks and even some cake when we were on the Porth Twyn Mawr beach, which was gratefully received!’

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