Seaman Evacuated From Ship By Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat
A sick merchant seaman was taken to shore by Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat after suffering abdominal pain.
It was decided that the best option for the seaman was to be taken off his ship by lifeboat and then taken to hospital by ambulance so he could be given a proper medical examination.
Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat launched at 11:46 and sped to the container ship. The casualty was able to walk and was assisted down the ship's gangway and on to the lifeboat by the volunteer crew.
Once on board the lifeboat the casualty was taken to North Shields ferry landing where he was passed into the care of members of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade who took him to hospital.
For more information please contact Adrian Don, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07834 731833.
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.