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Gravesend RNLI go to the aid of crewman who had fallen 2.5 metres

Lifeboats News Release

The charities lifeboat was launched to a crewman aboard a commercial vessel who had fallen and sustained head and chest injuries.

Casualty being transported to the deck of the vessel

RNLI/Alan Carr

Casualty being transported to the deck of the vessel

The lifeboat was requested to launch by the UK Coastguard at 5.35pm (10 Feb) to reports that a crew member had fallen 2.5 metres (8.2 feet) and suffered head and chest injuries. The casualty was aboard a 98 metre commercial vessel in Gravesend Reach and it was on-route to Great Yarmouth.

The lifeboat arrived on-scene and quickly assessed the casualty and started casualty care. Due to the injuries and the fact the vessel was moving it was decided that the quickest and safest way to evacuate the casualty was by helicopter.

The UK coastguard helicopter based at Lydd (CG163) was tasked and arrived on-scene where the casualty was winched and taken direct to hospital.

The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station.

Notes to editors

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 and South London.


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UK Coastguard helicopter based at Lydd (CG163) on scene

RNLI/Alan Carr

UK Coastguard helicopter based at Lydd (CG163) on scene

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