Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team would this week undergo training on a number of casualty care simulations.

Looking at both trauma and medical related injuries and illness, the team undertook aspects of patient consent and capacity, patient assessment, treatment, monitoring and handover to medical professionals.

The team covered a wide range of scenarios including diving related illness, resuscitation of an adult casualty, a drowned casualty, control of external bleeding and head injuries. 

News and Star: The team worked on treating head injuriesThe team worked on treating head injuries (Image: Whitehaven Coastguard)

HM Coastguard are responsible for the initiation and coordination of civil maritime search and rescue within the UK search and rescue region.

This includes the mobilisation, organisation and tasking of adequate resources to respond to persons either in distress at sea, or to persons at risk of injury or death on the cliffs or shoreline at Derwentwater, Ullswater, Coniston and Windermere.

News and Star: The team worked on treating leg injuriesThe team worked on treating leg injuries (Image: Whitehaven Coastguard)

All HM Coastguard blue light vehicles around the UK carry automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and medical equipment, with coastguard rescue officers trained and equipped in enhanced casualty care.