Teddington RNLI evacuate man with breathing difficulties from River Thames boat
Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Station helped London Ambulance Service (LAS) in the successful evacuation of a 64-year-old man with breathing difficulties and suspected heart problems, from a boat at Platt’s Eyott, Hampton on the River Thames in the early hours of this morning (23 Oct).
One of Teddington RNLI’s two D-Class RNLI Inshore Lifeboats – D-743 Olwen and Tom – was launched with James Kavanagh (helm) and crew members, Jon Barker, Kay Whittaker and Nic Peters. The D-743 Inshore Lifeboat was on scene by 5:48am.
Helm James Kavanagh said: ‘We were tasked to help London Ambulance Service evacuate a gentleman with breathing difficulties from a boat at Platts Eyot, Hampton. When we arrived, paramedics were already in attendance with the casualty on the boat, but needed the help of our crew to get the casualty across to the road side river bank.’
LAS requested the assistance of Teddington RNLI as they determined that the route back over the footbridge to the ambulances from the boat was too difficult given the condition of the casualty.
The casualty was lowered into the lifeboat under the care of Kay Whittaker as RNLI Casualty Care lead along with the lead LAS crew member and ferried safely to the awaiting ambulances. Jon Barker and Nic Peters remained on the casualty vessel to take key details and then re-joined the lifeboat on the other side of the river.
As Kay explained: 'This is exactly the type of situation we train for. How to care for and rapidly evacuate casualties. It was very rewarding to be able to help the ambulance service transport the casualty from the boat to the mainland.’
James added: ‘This location is up river of our normal patch, so it took additional time to reach through Molesey Lock. I would like to give special thanks to our Shore Crew, in particular Paul Roach and Graham Jaggers - who are both also Deputy Launching Authorities - who were amazing. Paul and Graham drove to Molesey Lock from our Teddington RNLI Station to operate the Lock both upstream and on return, which saved us invaluable time. We are always happy to assist LAS and other emergency services and wish the gentleman a speedy recovery.’
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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.