Early morning call out for Bembridge RNLI all-weather lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Bembridge RNLI's all-weather Tamar lifeboat 'Alfred Albert Williams' was launched at around 6am on Monday 11 September at the request of the UK Coastguard to the offshore supply ship 'Levoli Cobalt'

Coastguard helicopter above the Ievoli Cobalt

RNLI/James Pink

Ievoli Cobalt - Offshore Supply Ship
A crew member aboard the ship, located in the area known as St Helens Roads, reported that a fellow crew member had suffered a suspected stroke.

The lifeboat volunteers aboard the Alfred Albert Williams were on scene by 6.10am and transferred two crew members to the Levoli Cobalt. After an initial assessment the crew carried out CPR on the casualty until the arrival of the UK Coastguard rescue helicopter and a paramedic.

The casualty was then evacuated by the helicopter and flown to St Mary's Hospital, Newport. Having picked her two crew members back up, the Alfred Albert Williams then returned to the lifeboat station boathouse and was recovered by 7.15am.

On their return, James Pink, a Deputy Coxswain of Bembridge RNLI said 'As the Levoli Cobalt was anchored not far from the boathouse we were able to transfer two first aid trained crew members onboard very quickly and they were able carry out CPR until the arrival of the helicopter's paramedic.'

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· Mike Samuelson, Bembridge RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07785 593254 or mikesam06@googlemail.com

· Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 tim_ash@rnli.org.uk

· Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07786 668825 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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

Screen shot of the AIS track of RNLB Alfred Albert Williams on 11 Sep 17

RNLI/Mike Samuelson

Track of RNLB Alfred Albert Williams - 11 Sep 17

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