Kilkeel RNLI come to the aid of ill fisherman
Kilkeel RNLI volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 7.55pm yesterday (26 July) to respond to a call that a crew member of a fishing boat was unwell and needed attention.
The fishing boat was four miles south-east of Kilkeel harbour. The wind was 3 to 4 knots, the sea was choppy and the light was good.
Reaching the fishing boat, two lifeboat crew members went aboard to access the casualty. The casualty, who was a diabetic was unconscious; the crew members made him comfortable and administered oxygen whilst reassuring the casualty that he would be fine.
Another crew member went aboard with a stretcher and the casualty was placed in the stretcher, with the choppy conditions it was deemed too awkward to transfer the casualty to the lifeboat so the three crew members remained with the casualty.
On entering the safety of the harbour the casualty was transferred to the lifeboat and then safely brought ashore where an ambulance crew was in attendance. The local Coastguard was also in attendance.
John Fisher, Kilkeel RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: 'The crew performed, as always, in a professional and competent manner and the call out showed the value of keeping up-to-date with all first aid matters. And we are glad to know that the casualty is making a good recovery.’
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