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Gravesend RNLI assist with multi-agency medical evacuation

Lifeboats News Release

The charities lifeboat was launched at the request of the UK Coastguard this morning at 7.30am to assist with a multi-agency medivac (Medical Evacuation) of an injured crew member at Ameys Jetty in Halfway Reach, Dagenham on the River Thames.

Once on-scene and working with the London Ambulance Service (LAS) along with their Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), the London Fire Brigade (LFB) and the Port of London Authority (PLA) the lifeboat was positioned, to oversee the scene safety. The lifeboat crew advised and coordinated the recovery and movement of the casualty.

Due to the position of the casualty, they were placed in a stretcher and lifted on-board a vessel helping with the evacuation. With the casualty and medical responding personnel on-board, the vessel was positioned and the casualty lifted at Fords Jetty where an ambulance was met to evacuate the casualty to hospital.

Notes to editors

‘A great example of (Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme) JESIP where multi agencies are working together, saving lives.’

The five principles being co-locate, communicate, co-ordinate, jointly understand risk and share situational awareness.

Full details can be found here:

Gravesend is one of four lifeboat stations on the River Thames that are operated by the RNLI. Gravesend Lifeboat covers an area from Holehaven, at the western end of Canvey Island, to the Thames Flood Barrier at Woolwich, a distance of 26 miles. A patch which covers Kent, Essex, South & East London.


RNLI media contacts

  • Alan Carr, Gravesend RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
    07775 822584,

  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Reginal Media Officer (South East)

0207 6207416 / 07786 668825,

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Emergency personel attending to the casualty in the stretcher

RNLI/Alan Carr

Emergency personel attending to the casualty in the stretcher
Casualty being evacuated to Jetty

RNLI/Alan Carr

Casualty being evacuated to Jetty

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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