SEA RESCUERS TO RECEIVE AWARDS FOR FIRST AID EFFORTS
Three volunteer rescuers who fought to save the life of a man who plunged from Roker?s Old North Pier last August are to collect top awards from the Royal Humane Society (RHS).
Sunderland-based Coastguard Rescue Officer (CRO) Mike Cowe and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) colleagues, Ron Carroll and Ian Rowan, will each receive the Society?s Resuscitation Certificate for reviving Charles William Nelson, 44, of Roker Avenue, after the dramatic rescue in Sunderland Harbour. Tragically, Mr Nelson died after 48 hours in intensive care at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Praising the trio?s efforts, RHS Secretary, Dick Wilkinson, said: ?Although, sadly, they were unable to prevent this man?s death, all three men fought long and hard to revive him.
"Their resuscitation efforts, which are very physically taxing, went on for more than 20 minutes, and they succeeded in restoring a pulse.
?They all thoroughly deserve their awards. It?s tragic that the man died but they did everything they could.?
Rescue services were alerted shortly before midnight on August 23, following reports that a man had fallen from the end of the pier. Using flares and torches to illuminate the area, coastguards spotted the man floating in the water and radioed directions to the crew onboard the RNLI inshore lifeboat, Wolseley.
After hauling Mr Nelson?s apparently lifeless body on board, lifeboat-men Carroll and Rowan quickly began resuscitation attempts. Once the lifeboat reached Sunderland Marina, CRO Cowe took over cardio pulmonary resuscitation from Mr Rowan.
While paramedics and a doctor administered drugs and fought to obtain an airway in the rear of an ambulance, CRO Cowe and Lifeboat-man Carroll eventually succeeded in restoring a pulse.
The awards follow a nomination made by the RNLI to the RHS, which grants awards for acts of bravery in saving human life and restoring life by resuscitation.
Paul Nicholson, Senior Helmsman at Sunderland RNLI, who was in command of the lifeboat during the rescue, said: ?Everyone involved in the rescue effort that night did a fantastic job to locate and treat Mr Nelson.
?I was pleased to be able to nominate Mike, Ian, and Ron for their efforts in particular, though, as they fought long and hard to try and save Mr Nelson?s life. Lifeboat crews and coastguards receive specialist first aid training to ensure they can help during incidents of this kind and it is very unfortunate that their efforts that night did not result in a happy ending?
CRO Cowe said: ?Although we are very pleased to receive this award, we are extremely sad that Mr Nelson did not survive. Incidents such as these demonstrate the close working relationship between Coastguard and Lifeboat volunteers.?