The Isles of Scilly Lifeboat and Coastguard Rescue teams took part in a joint 'shore line search and casualty extraction' exercise at Cromwell's Castle on Tresco last night. 

When the 'casualty' was located at the castle, the lifeboat team went ashore and the two crews discussed the different techniques and terminology they use in taking care of the patient. 


The main difference is that the RNLI carries more equipment for treatment and uses the "Big sick-Little sick" technique to ascertain the extent of the threat to the casualty's life. Big sick requires rapid evacuation for professional medical assistance, while Little sick is less urgent and can be transferred by lifeboat with casualty care support onboard.


St Mary's Lifeboat's Facebook page said that the "outcome is all the same, with a safe and stable extraction of any casualty" to the next stage in treatment, be it helicopter, hospital or ambulance. 

The Coastguard Rescue Teams then boarded the lifeboat to look at its equipment, after which the St Agnes teams were dropped home.


It was reported to be a "long exercise", but "every one came away with a little more understanding of the roles and skills that each service use".

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