Two Sea Cadet adult volunteers are to receive a Certificate of Meritorious Service from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Cumbria for giving urgent first aid assistance at the scene of a two-car collision in Maryport, last year.
Colour Sergeant (SCC) Louise Laywood, a member of staff at the Whitehaven Sea Cadet unit and Lieutenant (SCC) Peter Lucas RNR, a former Commanding Officer of the Whitehaven unit were attending a First Aid course in Maryport.
At the end of the first day, CSgt Laywood and Lt Lucas had just left the training venue when they heard a crash.
“We rushed to the scene where we discovered that two cars had collided. The driver of one car was out of her vehicle and calling the emergency services, so Peter and I went to assist the driver of the other car,” Louise said.
Peter, one of the trainees on the course and Louise, who was one of the instructors gave first aid assistance until the emergency services arrived and were able to take over.
Peter explained that the male driver appeared to have serious injuries, saying: “He had not been wearing a seatbelt and hit his head in the collision, plus his feet had become stuck underneath the pedals and had to be freed.
“What made it even worse was that after a short while he started to have a fit.”
The man was eventually stabilised by paramedics before being airlifted to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance, and the lady was taken to hospital by road.
Peter added that he and Louise had been the first on the scene and did what anyone would have done under the circumstances.
He said: “We certainly never expected to receive an award for it.”
Petty Officer (SCC) Stuart McCourt, the Whitehaven unit’s Commanding Officer praised his colleagues’ actions, saying: “Most Sea Cadet volunteers are trained in first aid and cadets are also encouraged to learn the skills.
“Everyone hopes that they will never need to use them but, if they do, there’s never any warning and it could literally be the difference between life and death for someone.
“We are extremely proud of both Louise and Peter.”
All Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards events are currently postponed but it is hoped that they will be presented in autumn 2020, subject to COVID-19 restrictions being lifted.