Largs lifeboat responds to a person taken ill on board a yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Largs volunteer lifeboat crew launched to a request for assistance when a member of the crew of a yacht was taken Ill.

Christine Marshall

Largs lifeboat alongside the casualty
On Sunday morning 7th. of September Largs lifeboat crew launched to a yacht in a position 2 miles South of Toward Point, on board was a gentleman who had been reported as taken Ill.
Soon the lifeboat was on scene when two of her volunteer crew members boarded the yacht to provide casualty care.
Meantime a Coastguard helicopter form Prestwick had been tasked, as it arrived overhead in rough weather conditions, for safety reasons, it was decided to land the helicopter paramedic crewman on the lifeboat, this manoeuvre between the helicopter and the lifeboat had been carried out many times before during exercises which proved their worth on this occasion as the landing was perfect.
Once on board the lifeboat the paramedic was taken to the yacht to assess the condition of the casualty.
It was decided for his safety and comfort to leave the casualty where he was and stay with him on the yacht for further transportation to Largs Yacht Haven.
As the lifeboat escorted the yacht the helicopter departed the scene to land at the yacht haven and await the eventual arrival of her paramedic crew member.
When the Yacht arrived the casualty was conscious and transferred to an ambulance for onward conveyance to hospital.
On completion the helicopter returned to base and the lifeboat to station.

Christine Marshall

Helicopter crewman looks out to assess the situation

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