Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged by Humber Coastguard at 5.55pm on Monday 3rd August to assist a male who had suffered an illness on board a ship that was moored 3 miles off Hartlepool.
The all weather lifeboat ‘Betty Huntbatch’ and volunteer crew launched at 6.15pm and were alongside the vessel at 6.30pm.
Four crewmembers were placed aboard the ship where two of the crew administered casualty care to the male.
A Coastguard helicopter arrived at 6.46pm and lowered a crewmember to assist with the casualty and and then winch the casualty from the ship and take him to hospital. The all weather lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station and was refuelled and made ready for service by 8.00pm.
Second coxswain Garry Waugh said ‘This was our second shout of the day and the sort of situation that the crew train for on a regular basis and it was also good to work with the helicopter crew. We wish the casualty a speedy recovery’.
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.