Kayaker taken to hospital after becoming ill during rescue by Redcar RNLI
A call to the RNLI to assist a kayaker in difficulties off Redcar took a serious turn for the worse when the ordeal aggravated a pre-existing medical condition.
The initial call to Redcar RNLI was after reports of a kayaker who had capsized and was experiencing difficulties returning to shore in Coatham bay.
Redcar RNLI’s Atlantic 85 class lifeboat launched just after 1pm on Monday 25 June 2018. When the lifeboat arrived at the scene the kayaker was seen to have made his way close inshore, with his progress being monitored by a second kayaker.
A crew member from the lifeboat, trained in advanced casualty care, was put ashore to check over the kayaker. It soon became apparent that the man’s efforts to return to shore had aggravated a pre-existing heart condition.
A second crew member was landed to give further assistance, and a call was make to UK Coastguard for an ambulance to be sent to the scene. Further trained crew members from the lifeboat station also travelled by car to give assistance.
Cameron Bond, helmsman of the lifeboat said: ‘When our crew got to the man it was obvious he wasn’t very well. He’d taken in a bit of water, but there was clearly something else troubling him.
‘He told the crew members he had heart problems and was suffering severe chest pains. We are trained to give drugs to ease some of the symptoms of heart problems, and while the crew were doing that we also requested an ambulance to attend.’
With the help of the Staithes Coastguard Rescue Team’s response vehicle the man was transported from the beach to the waiting ambulance for checks before being transferred to hospital.
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Attached image is a library image of the Redcar RNLI lifeboat in action. Credit RNLI/Dave Cocks
Redcar lifeboat station has been operating since 1802
Redcar currently operates a B-class lifeboat named Leicester Challenge III, paid for by the people of Leicester, and an IB1-class lifeboat named Eileen May Loach-Thomas, paid from the legacy of the late Mr Nick Thomas of Shropshire
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