Quick reactions by an RNLI Lifeboat crew earn praise from Paramedics

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness inshore lifeboat crew acted swiftly to extract a 65 year old man with reported chest pains from a vessel on the River Medway in the evening of Thursday September 3 2020

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Ole Schroder’ were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 8:50pm on Thursday 3 September to respond to reports of a 65 year old male with chest pains who was onboard a vessel on the River Medway opposite Command House, Chatham.

Launching at 9:02pm with a crew of three the lifeboat made best speed and located the casualty at 9:37pm.

Once on scene it was immediately apparent to the casualty care trained lifeboat crew that the man was in need of urgent medical attention.

With this in mind he was swiftly and carefully extracted from his vessel by the crew and taken onboard the lifeboat and transported to Sun Pier, Chatham, where he was passed into the care of a waiting Kent Ambulance Paramedic crew.

The ILB was released from the incident at 9:58pm,arrived back on station at 10:37pm, refuelled, washed down, and ready for service again at 11:00pm.

Weather -Overcast, rain, Wind WSW 17-19 Knots, Sea State-smooth/slight. Visibility Good.

A message was later received from the Ambulance Crew involved thanking the Lifeboat Crew for their prompt action and that their assessment of BIG SICK was absolutely correct.


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