Hayling RNLI Lifeboat responds to a Pan-Medico call for help.

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A Sunday afternoon cruise in Chichester Harbour ended with a power boat running aground and one of its crew short of medication.

The D-Class Lifeboat 'Jacob' with three crew is turning towards you

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D-Class Lifeboat 'Jacob' involved in the rescue

A 6m power vessel left Hayling Yacht Company Marina on a fine Sunday afternoon and quickly ran aground on an ebbing tide. At first the three crew members were content to sit out the time until the next incoming tide floated them off but one of the crew had a medical issue and didn't have enough drugs to see out the time until the next tide some 6-8 hours later.

They made a Pan Medico call to the Coastguard who immediately called Hayling Island Lifeboat station to ask them to launch the D-Class lifeboat ‘Jacob’ and affect a medical evacuation. ‘Jacob’ was soon on the scene and able to reach the casualty vessel. They laid out the anchors to make the vessel safe and took all three crew off the power boat and returned them to the Lifeboat Station. After a medical assessment to ensure they needed no further treatment they were reunited with relatives and taken home, as they planned to return to the boat a few days later. The crew member needing the medication promised to take more pills with him next time out!

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