RNLI Dart and Coastguard helicopter respond to a fishing crewman in sudden pain.

Lifeboats News Release

A 14 metre South Devon fishing boat alerted the Falmouth Coastguard when one of the three crew was suddenly taken ill and was in severe pain.

The Coastguard tasked the RNLI Dart D class inshore lifeboat and a Coastguard Sikorsky S92 SAR helicopter from Newquay. The fishing boat made best possible speed towards Dartmouth and two RNLI casualty care trained lifeboat crew went on board when she was two miles from the mouth of the Dart. The casualty was assessed and given casualty care, before his care was taken over by the Coastguard paramedic who was winched aboard approximately 10 minutes later. It was decided to land the casualty at the Kingswear Ferry landing and he was transferred to Torbay District Hospital by the waiting ambulance. The Coastguard paramedic was taken on the lifeboat to their recovery slip and returned to the helicopter which had landed in front of the lifeboat station in Coronation Park.

The RNLI Dart crew lined up infront of the Castguard helicopter involved in the rescue.

RNLI/Dr John Fenton

RNLI Dart crew returned the Coastguard paramedic to Rescue 924 based at Newquay.
The Coastguard paramedic is winched aboard the fishing boat off Dartmouth

RNLI/Kevin Murphy. D class helmsman.

The Coastguard paramedic is winched aboard the fishing boat off Dartmouth.
The casualty is taken ashore at the Kingswear Ferry pontoon for transfer to Torbay Hospital.

Andy Kyle

The casualty is taken ashore at the Kingswear Ferry pontoon for transfer to Torbay Hospital.
The Coastguard paramedic is returned to his helicopter.

RNLI/Dr John Fenton

The Coastguard paramedic is returned to his helicopter.

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