Sheerness RNLI lifeboats called to a medical emergency

Lifeboats News Release

Both Sheerness lifeboats were called after a man was taken ill on board a yacht.

The volunteer crews of both the Sheerness RNLI lifeboats launched at 2.00pm on Monday 7 May after a call from the UK Coastguard reported a medical incident on board a yacht in the area of Folly Point in the River Medway.

Having made best speed to the area given and with nothing untoward found both lifeboats continued up river where they received information from another craft that the yacht was now alongside the Medway Yacht Club pontoon at Upnor.

Having located the craft, the lifeboat crew gave casualty care assistance to a man in his seventies who it was believed had suffered a stroke.

The crew then helped transfer the man to a waiting Kent ambulance.

Both lifeboats were back on station and ready for service at 4.35pm.

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Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 01795 880544 .vic.booth111@btinternet.com / vic_booth@rnli.org.uk

Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer S.E. paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk 07785296252

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