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Sailor spared a grisly rescue by Eastbourne lifeboat crew
2:40pm Friday 2nd November 2012 in News
Stomach-turning wounds on the limbs and heads of Eastbourne’s RNLI crews would have given any casualty a scare.
But luckily the dinghy sailor who sparked an emergency rescue was spared the fright after finding his way back to shore unaided.
The alarm was raised by Dover Coastguard halfway through the crew’s first aid training, after the frighteningly real prosthetic wounds had been applied.
Coxswain Mark Sawyer said: “We were right in the middle of our first aid session when the pagers went off.
“We had to stop and everyone was up and away irrespective of their ‘injuries’.
“We try and make the first aid training as realistic as possible because when we deal with instances at sea we’re often the first to get there.
“The call came right in the middle of the last session of a professional four-week course which we do every three years.”
The launch was cancelled as the inshore lifeboat hit the water, when the casualty was found ashore.
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