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Abersoch RNLI called out to assist casualty taken ill during family day out.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew received a request from UK Coastguard following reports of a male casualty feeling unwell on board a vessel in Porth Ceiriad.

RNLI/Emma Wood

The crew were paged at 14.54 and the ‘Peter and Ann Setten’ Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched at 15.08pm and was requested to give initial medical assistance and then subsequent medical extraction.

In a calm sea-state and fair weather conditions, on arrival at the scene the male casualty was found lying down in the cabin of a large power boat where he reported feeling clammy and faint.

RNLI volunteer helm, Fritz Williams, decided that due to the difficulty moving the casualty, and the fact that he was in a warm comfortable vessel, they would stay on board to give medical assistance whilst the vessel travelled to Pwllheli Marina where extraction directly into an ambulance would be safer and easier. The lifeboat crew followed behind.

On arrival at the marina the vessel was met by the UK Coastguard team, paramedics and the Coastguard Search & Rescue 936 helicopter paramedic. The casualty was then transferred to hospital for further examination.

The lifeboat then returned to Porth Ceiriad where they assisted the family by escorting their other vessel onto a mooring at Abersoch before returning to the station at 18.10pm where the lifeboat was then thoroughly washed down, refuelled and left ready for service.

Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Andy Vowell, said, ‘The family took the correct action in swiftly requesting help when the skipper reported feeling unwell. The vessel was well equipped with VHF radio, mobile phone and flares and they were therefore able to communicate quickly and efficiently with the UK Coastguard’.

Notes to editors

· Abersoch Lifeboat Station has been operating for just over 150 years. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

· The current B Class Atlantic 85 Lifeboat the ‘Peter & Ann Setten’ launches to a variety of both commercial and leisure craft call-outs.

· Photo credit: Emma Wood, Abersoch RNLI

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