Portrush All-weather lifeboat was requested to launch this morning (Sunday 6 May) at 1.40am in response to a request from the coastguard.
However, before the boat was launched the crew was operationally stood down. On the way home, three volunteer crew members, Karl O’Neill, Jason Chambers and Ben Durrant came across a male casualty who had fallen and had suffered significant injures to the face.
The crew dialled 999 to request assistance. Karl O’Neill, who is also an RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor had his responder bag with him and was able to administer first aid to stop the bleeding from the casualty’s face. Ben Durrant then took the casualty to the Emergency Department for further treatment.
Keith Gilmore Portrush RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘Once again our volunteer crew have shown that the skills and training they have received as lifeboat crew members can be applied to assist in any situation. I am very proud that the men on their way home at 2am stopped to help a member of the public who was obviously injured and in distress. We wish him a full recovery.’