Humber Lifeboat long distance medical evacuation

Lifeboats News Release

The Humber Lifeboat 31 January went 40 miles out into the North Sea to evacuate an injured fishman from a crab fishing vessel.

The RNLI Severn class lifeboat, which is based at Spurn point, launched with a crew of six at 22:30 on 31 January to go to a crab fishing vessel where a crew member needed evacuation to shore. The fishing vessel steamed towards the shore to meet the Humber Lifeboat, shortening the distance.

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.'

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Stock image of Humber lifeboat

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