Humber Lifeboat long distance medical evacuation
The Humber Lifeboat 31 January went 40 miles out into the North Sea to evacuate an injured fishman from a crab fishing vessel.
The weather on scene was a force five to six, with about 1.5 to 2 meter seas. The transfer went without too much of a problem with the fisherman being transferred on the first attempt.
The fisherman was assessed by the lifeboat crew and taken by the lifeboat to Grimsby fish dock. The injured man was passed to the care of a waiting coastguard team.
Dave Steenvoorden, Coxswain for Humber RNLI, said, 'It's unusual for us to go out so far, but our crews are highly trained to deal with this type of situation and we were able to take the casualty swiftly to shore.'
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.