Mumbles crew called to medical evacuation in Bristol Channel
Cargo ship crew member taken to hospital
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat were called to the aid of a crew member on a cargo vessel in the middle of the Bristol Channel this morning.
Just after 6.10am the UK Coastguard at Milford Haven paged the The volunteer crew of the Mumbles Lifeboat Roy Barker IV to assist a crew member of a cargo ship suffering from severe chest pains.
The lifeboat launched and was on scene with the casualty vessel by 7.15 South West of Nash Point. Coastguard helicopter 187 was also requested and a helicopter crew member placed on the deck of the cargo ship. The decision was made to evacuate the casualty by air and he was taken to Morriston Hospital. Deputy launch authority Rob Tovey said ‘at the time of launch there was severe weather in the area with heavy rain, strong wind and thunder so it was unclear if the Coastguard helicopter would be able to assist. The lifeboat was sent to ensure medical assistance was on the way’.
The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service .
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.