Sick seafarer assisted by Margate lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat has assisted a seafarer after he was taken ill on board a ship in the Margate Roads anchorage.

Margate RNLI lifeboat on exercise (RNLI Margate)

RNLI Margate

Margate RNLI lifeboat on exercise (RNLI Margate)

The Liberian-flagged, Dutch-owned LPG tanker contacted UK Coastguard around 2.30pm today (Friday 9 October) asking for medical advice after a member of its crew had been taken ill, the vessel was anchored in the Margate Roads around two miles offshore at the time. A radio link call was established between the vessel and medical authorities ashore and it was recommended the crew member be landed ashore for medical attention.

Margate’s all-weather lifeboat was tasked to evacuate the casualty with Margate’s coastguard rescue team also tasked to assist in shoreside coordination. The casualty was taken on board the lifeboat and transferred back to Margate where he was handed into the care of South East Coast Ambulance Service.

Peter Barker, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate RNLI said: ‘The Margate Roads is a popular anchorage where ships can be waiting for orders or for a vacant berth for sometimes weeks on end and occasionally their crew need medical attention for illness or injury. Medical evacuation of such casualties is a service we are asked to provide from time to time and our casualty care-trained crew can look after their welfare until handed over to medical agencies ashore.’

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