Training for marine medics
Residents have been given the opportunity to play a major part in saving Northumberland's marine life thanks to a course.
Working in partnership with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, a national charity that rescues marine wildlife in distress around the country through a network of trained volunteers, Karbon funded two of its residents to complete a marine mammal medic course held at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.
The course gives trainees the skills they need to handle and lift an injured or stranded seal or dolphin safely, as well as mammal first aid techniques.
To test their abilities, trainees are required to refloat life sized and weighted models of pilot whales and dolphins, covering how to ID, body condition, handle, position, uplift and move the animal.
The course also covers how to deal with members of the public and to work with other emergency services, the coastguards, and vets.
On completion of the day course, Karbon residents, Sam Davies-McGill and Neave Owen, were awarded a medic badge and certificate and insurance for the year to allow them to become active BDMLR volunteers.
Mary Ormston, Karbon Community Connector covering communities along the Northumberland coastline, said: “With over 700 properties located in communities along the Northumberland coast, we see real value in supporting charities and organisations which look after the marine environment.
“The work carried out by volunteers also assists in preserving the beautiful Northumberland coastline and wildlife that the whole community can enjoy.”
Jane Hardy, BDMLR North East fundraising coordinator, said, “The North East coastline is an exceptionally busy area for seals.
“Thanks to the support from Karbon we’ve been able to provide volunteers in the area with essential rescue kits, so they’re prepped to support if a call comes in from the emergency services or a member of the general public.”
BDMLR is operated entirely by volunteers. Its rescue teams are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.