Tenby’s RNLI on mercy mission after monk taken ill on Caldey Island
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch at 10.30am today (12 June) after one of the monks fell ill on Caldey Island.
Once at Caldey, the paramedics went ashore and up to the village to assess the casualty, with a crew member going along to provide communications with the lifeboat. The Haydn Miller then returned to the Harbour to collect members of Tenby’s Coastguard Rescue team in case a helicopter landing site needed to be set up.
Shortly after the lifeboat arrived back at Caldey, the on-scene paramedics decided that a helicopter was the best method to evacuate the casualty so the Coastguard team were put ashore to go up to the Lighthouse to prepare the island’s helicopter landing site.
Once stabilised, the casualty was brought up to the lighthouse in a stretcher, where Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan landed just after 12pm. The patient was handed into the care of the helicopter’s Paramedic and was then flown to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.
For more information, please contact Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO) Ben James on 07971 463716 or Danielle Rush, Divisional Media Relations Manager (Wales and West) on 07786 668829 or 01745 585162. Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.
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