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Hartlepool RNLI assist injured seaman from tanker

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew assist a seaman from a tanker who was injured after a fall whilst the vessel was anchored off Hartlepool.

At 11.10am on the 24th June 2017 Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat and volunteer crew were requested by Humber Coastguard to attend a crude oil tanker that was anchored approximately 4 miles off Hartlepool, where a crewmember had fallen and sustained a leg injury.

The Hartlepool RNLI doctor boarded the tanker with two RNLI crew members to assess the casualty where the decision was made to transfer him to the all-weather lifeboat and return to Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Station, where the casualty was quickly transferred to an awaiting ambulance.

Hartlepool RNLI coxswain Robbie Maiden said ‘Assessing the casualty with our station doctor, using first aid skills and safely handling the injured person, this was just the sort of job that our volunteer crew members train for and it went very well. We hope the injured seaman makes a quick recovery.’

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Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat approaches tanker


Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat alongside tanker

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