Michael belongs to: Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Michael was invited to join the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade by a friend of his parents. He is a Captain.
Michael was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 30 November 2005. The interview took place at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade watch house and lasted 7 minutes and 47 seconds.
A call out on the Black Middens
"One that always sticks in my mind is a fishing boat that got wrecked on the Black Middens"
One that always sticks in my mind is a fishing boat that got wrecked on the Black Middens. We were actually on patrol at the time, we were just out and about in the Landrover, just on usual days off work, and we got tasked, we were at the Royal Quays when we got tasked to it.
We headed along quickly, the lifeboat had already been launched, it had picked up two people from the water and brought them in to close to the lifeboat station at Tynemouth. When we got there we found out that one of the people was in quite a bad way- he had no breathing and had no pulse. So myself and another brigade member commenced CPR- I continued that when the paras arrived, and then continued that on the way to the hospital in the back of the ambulance with the paramedics.
Unfortunately the gentleman didnít live, but you know, we did our best and I like to think we couldnít have done any more at that point.
Obviously you talk among yourselves about it, and, you know, sort of debrief with everyone else, but everyone was there and everyone knew what was happening. But we all get used to it, and itís sort of a hazard you could say really. But weíve got a good team and we talk among ourselves and we keep it altogether, in the house.
Michael has 8 memories in the memorynet:
Michael's memories with a Volunteering theme:
- Training with the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
- Types of callout
- The call out process
- Call out routine
- A call out on the Black Middens
- Equipment and clothing
- Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade Landrover
Michael's other memories: