Aberdeen Lifeboat in medical evacuation of crewman from offshore support vessel
Aberdeen Lifeboat was paged shortly after 7pm on Sunday 7 April to assist the MV Maersk Laser which had a crew member requiring medical transfer to hospital ashore.
Arriving on scene, two RNLI casualty-care trained lifeboat crew members were transferred to the Maersk Laser to assess and care for the casualty. In light of the casualty’s symptoms, lifeboat coxswain Davie Orr elected to contact an Accident and Emergency Consultant at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for advice before agreeing to a vessel-to-vessel transfer. The advice was that transfer would be most unlikely to be detrimental to the casualty.
The crewman was transferred to Aberdeen Lifeboat which returned to her base in Aberdeen Harbour, where the casualty was able to walk to a waiting ambulance. MV Maersk Laser was able to continue her passage north.
Davie Orr, coxswain of Aberdeen Lifeboat says: “This was a very satisfactory outcome. We were quickly able to put casualty care crew aboard and assess symptoms. When I sought advice from A&E it came quickly and allowed us to bring the gentleman ashore for onward transfer to the health services.”
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.