Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew members were paged at 7.50am on Sunday 31st January by Humber Coastguard to assess a crewmember on a ship who had suffered a suspected stroke.
The RNLI all weather lifeboat and crew launched at 8.10am and were alongside the 5,831 ton, 100 metre LPG tanker that was moored 3 miles off Hartlepool 8 minutes later.
Two crew members went aboard the ship where they assessed the condition of the male and administered casualty care.
A Coastguard helicopter arrived a short time later and lowered a paramedic onto the deck of the ship who also took care of the casualty.
The casualty and paramedic were later winched into the helicopter where it then made its way to James Cook University Hospital.
The all weather lifeboat and crew returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 9.50am and was refuelled and made ready for service by 10.30am.
Hartlepool RNLI coxswain Robbie Maiden said ‘A rapid response from the volunteer crew this morning meant we were alongside the vessel and administering casualty care to the ships crewmember within a matter of minutes
Once again the training we undertake paid off and the commitment from my crew turning out early on an icy morning was outstanding.
I would also like to say thank you and well done to all the crew who turned out and the HM Coastguard teams for the safe and professional medical evacuation of the poorly crewman from the tanker.
We hope the crewman from the tanker makes a successful recovery.'
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