Angle RNLI volunteers were tasked to a medical evacuation on a LPG tanker 13 miles SSW off St Ann's Head.
Angle Lifeboat was launched on service at 12:59pm this afternoon (Thursday 10 June) to assist in a medical evacuation from a LPG tanker 13 miles SSW off St Ann's Head. The coastguard helicopter from Newquay in Cornwall was also on route. With the poor visibility due to fog, Angle all-weather lifeboat was to stand by the vessel to provide an alternative route for evacuation if needed.
After a choppy route in the poor visibility the RNLI volunteers arrived on scene at 2:07pm. At the time of their arrival, the paramedic from the coastguard helicopter was aboard the vessel preparing the casualty to be winched to the helicopter. In less than ten minutes the casualty was winched up to the helicopter and flown to hospital, at which point the lifeboat and crews were stood down and headed back to the station.
After rehousing shortly after 3:30pm the lifeboat was washed fuelled and made ready for service shortly after.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.