RNLI Wells all-weather lifeboat goes to the assistance of fishing boat
On Friday 9 July at 8.12am, HM Coastguard paged RNLI Wells all-weather lifeboat to rendezvous with a fishing vessel out at sea. The boat had two fisherman onboard rescued from another fishing vessel after requesting help.
One of the fisherman had contacted the other local fishing boat by mobile phone to raise the alarm that they were feeling unwell and requested immediate assistance.
The fishing vessel was close by and transferred the two casualties onboard and away from the powerless boat. In near still sea conditions, they took the boat undertow and began to head back towards Wells.
The all-weather lifeboat was paged by Humber HM Coastguard at 8.12am and launched outside the boathouse at 8.29am. It quickly proceeded to sea to rendezvous with the assisting fishing vessel and arrived alongside at 9.02am where it transferred the casualties onboard.
The lifeboat crew assessed the fishermen's condition. Whilst their condition was not serious, they were suffering from breathing difficulties.
The lifeboat proceeded inwards at 9.05am and arrived in the outer harbour pontoons at 9.37am where the two fisherman were transferred to the boathouse awaiting the arrival of the ambulance and paramedics, who arrived at 9.45am.
After further medical evaluation it was agreed that the two fisherman should be taken to the local hospital to ensure they did not have any lasting effects.
On landing the two fishermen, the lifeboat proceeded to the boathouse and was ashore at 9.55am. It was refuelled, rehoused and ready for service again at 11.15am.
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