RNLI Hoylake Lifeboat Crew assist in casualty rescue from Tall Ship in Liverpool

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In the early hours of 20 June volunteers from RNLI Hoylake Lifeboat Crew worked with UK Coastguard Rescue Helicopter to lift an unconscious male casualty safely away to hospital.

RNLI Hoylake Lifeboat and UK Coastguard Helicopter 936 in Liverpool Bay

RNLI/James Whiteley

The charity's all-weather lifeboat Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood was launched at 11:40pm on 19 June and was on the scene in Liverpool Anchorage within just 30 minutes.

Two lifeboat crew members boarded the Tall Ship and were able to stabilise the casualty before transferring him carefully to the lifeboat. UK Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 936 arrived on the scene shortly afterwards and lowered its winchman/paramedic on to the lifeboat. The casualty was then airlifted into the helicopter and successfully evacuated to Aintree Hospital.

Casualty carer, Ian Davies, said: 'We’re really pleased with the outcome of this shout. We were on the scene very quickly and the volunteer lifeboat crew members pulled together brilliantly, working as a team alongside the Coastguard to make sure the casualty was evacuated to hospital as safely and speedily as possible.'

Volunteers of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution are on standby 24 hours a day ready to fulfil their duty in search and rescue operations.

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