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Gravesend RNLI members receieve official commendation for their courageous actions

PUBLISHED: 18:00 05 June 2014 | UPDATED: 10:41 06 June 2014

Picture: Andy Wallace Port of London Authority

Picture: Andy Wallace Port of London Authority

Andy Wallace

Crew members at an RNLI lifeboat station have been officially commended for assisting a woman who suffered serious injuries after a fall.

The three men, all from Gravesend RNLI, received official letters of commendation from Prof Charles Deakin, Chairman of the medical and survival sub committe for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, praising their actions after they assisted a woman who fell 14 metres from the seawall to the foreshore, into the mud at Cliftonville Parade.

Steve King, Duty Helmsman, Jason Carroll, Helmsman, and Dan Monk, crew member, worked together with emergency services when the casualty occurred on the evening on July 6 last year.

Jason was in command of the lifeboat and got far enough into the mud to allow Steve to go ashore with a long spine board.

He was joined by Dan, with the boat’s casualty care kit, and Steve conducted a head to toe survey after the woman was fitted with a neck collar by a fire fighter who attended.

The woman was placed on the long spine board and carried through the soft mud onto the lifboat. She was then taken to Royal Terrace Pier, where a paramedic arrived on the scene and she was transferred to an ambulance with the help of around 20 emergency personell.

The official letters the trio received congratulated the crew for their efforts and actions in implementing their casualty care training, which all lifeboat crew members undertake.

In the letters to Steve, Jason and Dan, Charles wrote: “I have seen the return of service carried out by Gravesend lifeboat regarding the rescue of a woman on 6 July 2013.

“The RNLI places much emphasis on the encouragement of Casualty care training for our crew. Your treatment of this critically ill casualty in such a difficult environment serves to justify the study time and practical effort that I know our casualty carers devote to their subject.”

Alan Carr, Gravesend RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, said: “Our crew members undergo intensive training to ensure that they are ready to respond to any kind of emergency and by working with other emergency services were able to give the best possible outcome for the casualty.

“Congratulations to Steve, Jason and to Dan for their assistance and response to a very serious situation.”

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