LIFEGUARDS who helped casualties following a road traffic accident near Sandsend have received the thanks of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
RNLI lifeguard Billy Orrell was travelling back to Whitby at the end of his shift when he spotted a minibus which had collided with a wall on Wednesday 15 August.
The incident occured at around 6.15pm on the A174 at the Raithwaite Hall junction.
Mr Orrell immediately went to help and spotted one person inside the vehicle and ascertained that a second occupant had managed to escape.
He medically assessed the casualty in the minibus and administered oxygen to him from the RNLI trauma bag.
Another RNLI lifeguard, Joss Westcome, came to Mr Orrell’s assistance and together they applied a neck brace to the casualty as they suspected he could be suffering from a spinal injury.
Fellow lifeguards Calum Norman, Josh Jones and John Jones were also heading back to the depot and diverted to help.
Whitby fire brigade then arrived at the scene and opted to cut the casualty from the vehicle.
The man that had managed to escape from the minibus started to suffer from neck pain, so lifeguards John and Josh Jones secured him to an operational spine board to help minimise any potential injury.
Watch manager Chris Watson said: “On arriving at the incident I was met by one of the RNLI lifeguards who gave me a good précis of the situation, which included the condition of the casualties, their significant injuries and the treatment that had been administered.
“This summarisation reduced the amount of time required in gathering information, resulting in the Fire Service being able to get to work more quickly to free the casualty from the vehicle.”
He also praised the lifeguards for their professionalism in dealing with the incident.
The paramedics arrived at the scene soon after and took over the treatment, after which the casualties were taken to hospital by the road ambulance and a Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
RNLI lifeguard supervisor Matt Jones, said: “All of our lifeguards, undergo rigorous first aid training as part of their role. I am very pleased that they were able to utilise these vital skills at the accident scene and that they were able to help the injured man.
“As well as a great team effort from the lifeguards, this incident also showed how the RNLI works successfully with other organisations, such as the Fire and Rescue Service and paramedics. It was an honour for our lifeguards to witness these dedicated professionals at work.”