Hartlepool RNLI launched to assist sailor with breathing difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged at 10.23am on Friday 4th June by Humber Coastguard and were tasked to carry out a medevac of a 54 year old male suffering with breathing difficulties from a 5,000 ton cargo ship that was moored 2 miles off Hartlepool.

RNLI/Robbie Maiden

Hartlepool RNLI all weather lifeboat 'Betty Hutbatch' alongside the vessel.
The all weather lifeboat 'Betty Huntbatch' launched at 10.44am and was alongside the vessel at 11.02am.
With the crew wearing appropriate PPE the casualty was brought aboard the ALB where the lifeboat Honorary Medical Advisor assessed the male whilst the lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road lifeboat station.
On arrival he was transferred to an ambulance and taken to North Tees Hospital for treatment,
Hartlepool RNLI Coxswain Robbie Maiden said 'This was a straight forward medevac which the volunteers train for and thanks to the generosity of our supporters we are able to provide the best kit for our crew and the equipment to assist a casualty as we did on this occasion.
On behalf of all the crew and the station officials we hope the gentleman makes a full recovery'.
Sea state was calm with good visibility.

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