Porthdinllaen lifeboat called to assist in medical emergency

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen lifeboat crew were called to assist in a medical emergency on Barsey Island on Wednesday evening.

The volunteer crew were already on station preparing for their weekly training exercise when Holyhead requested that they launch immediately. Within five minutes of receiving the call at 6:15pm, the Tamar class lifeboat, the 'John D Spicer' had launched and was making headway towards Bardsey Island, where a gentleman with diabetes was suffering from hypoglycemia.

Although the sea was calm, thick fog was enveloping the North of the Lleyn Peninsula and with Rescue Helicopter 936 from nearby Dinas Dinlle also tasked to the incident, it was unclear if the helicopter could land safely due to the low visibility.

The rescue helicopter managed to land on Bardsey and Holyhead Coastguard requested that the Porthdinllaen Lifeboat remained nearby.  This was in case the fog enveloped the island, making it unsafe for the helicopter to take off, resulting in the casualty having to be transferred ashore by sea.

After receiving treatment from the helicopter crew, the casualty was taken on board the helicopter and with a break in the foggy conditions, was able to take off safely and transfer the casualty to the mainland for further treatment for his condition.

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat returned to station and fuelled ready for service by 8:15pm.

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