RNLI Dart lifeboat crew respond to pan pan call
The inshore lifeboat crew assessed the casualty in Darthaven Marina before transfer across the river to a waiting ambulance.
A female sailor fell ill whilst on a 35 foot motor cruiser off the Mewstone. The Coastguard was alerted by a pan pan distress call and the RNLI Dart D class inshore lifeboat was diverted to attend.
The lifeboat crew were on exercise up the River Dart at Duncannon. The crew swiftly diverted to meet the motor cruiser at the visitor’s pontoon at Darthaven Marina. The lady was given oxygen and assessed by a casualty care trained volunteer.
The Dartmouth Coastguard search and rescue team arranged to meet the casualty at the low water landing on the Dartmouth side where the Ambulance was positioned. She was taken across the river in the lifeboat. Later, after assessment by the ambulance crew, she was able to return to her boat.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.