RNLI volunteers join emergency services to save man's life in Portishead

PUBLISHED: 11:13 20 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:16 20 November 2017

Portishead RNLI ahead of the Remembrance Sunday march.

Portishead RNLI ahead of the Remembrance Sunday march.

RNLI Portishead

Portishead RNLI volunteers rushed to save the life of a man working in a restaurant kitchen during an emergency last week.

The crew are used to taking to the dangerous waters of the Bristol Channel to help save lives, but they found themselves in unusual surroundings ahead of the Remembrance Sunday parade.

They were called to assist a kitchen worker at Impero Lounge who was suddenly taken unwell.

They assisted an off-duty member of the ambulance service to give CPR to the casualty.

RNLI crew members – who were preparing to march through the town centre at the time – spotted some off-duty Avon Fire and Rescue Service personnel and alerted them to what had happened. The fire staff then rushed to get some extra oxygen to help the stricken man.

Thanks to some quick-thinking and good teamwork they managed to save the ill man’s life before paramedics arrived on the scene to take him to hospital in Bristol.

MORE: Pictures from Remembrance Sunday parades in North Somerset.

Dave Slack, the RNLI’s lifeboat operations manager, said it was good to see the crew’s first aid training being used to such good effect.

He said: “Two of these volunteers had previously completed their RNLI casualty care course and quickly set to work in order to make an effective assessment of the casualty and to administer advanced life support.

“This treatment was carried out alongside an off-duty ambulance service colleague and two colleagues from the Avon Fire and Rescue Service, who were also waiting for the start of the remembrance parade.

“I am immensely proud of the role that my volunteer crew members played in dealing with this situation in such a professional manner on that Sunday morning and I was also very impressed to witness how well the emergency services worked together in very difficult circumstances.”

Portishead RNLI has now heard from Impero Lounge that the ill man’s condition is improving steadily.

The company posted on Facebook: “We would like to say a massive thank you to every single person who came to our aid last Sunday in such difficult circumstances.

“The support and quick response you gave, saved our colleague, who is now safe at home. Thank you all.”

Portishead RNLI wishes him a ‘speedy recovery’.

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