Porthdinllaen RNLI assist in medical emergency in Caernarfon Bay.
Porthdinllaen volunteer RNLI crew were tasked early on Monday morning to assist a sailor unwell aboard his yacht in Caernarfon Bay.
UK Coastguard at Holyhead had received a call from assistance from the 36 foot yacht, which was sailing from Ireland to Aberdaron Bay, that one crew member had suffered a suspected stroke and was in need of immediate assistance.
At 5:05 in the morning, Porthdinllaen's All Weather Tamar class lifeboat with Second Coxswain Robert Jones at the helm glided off her slipway and made immediate headway towards the known position of the yacht, and within 15 minutes of launching was alongside the casualty at a position of 5 miles North West of Porthdinllaen point.
Crew members from the lifeboat boarded the yacht to asses the casualty, a male in his early sixties before transferring him to the lifeboat.
The Coastguard helicopter from nearby Caernarfon Airport which had also been tasked, arrived on scene, with the casualty airlifted from the lifeboat onboard and flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd for treatment. Porthdinllaen lifeboat returned to the yacht and transferred a crew member to assist the remaining sailor to a safe mooring in Porthdinllaen Harbour. The lifeboat was rehoused and ready for service by 7.00am
Robert Jones, Second Coxswain added ‘ Our casualty care trained crew assessed the casualty onboard his yacht and the decision was to transfer him to Ysbyty Gwynedd for treatment and care within the golden hour. As always we were glad to be of assistance’.
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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.