The volunteers from RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch were tasked by HM Coastguard at 10.40am on Wednesday 31 August to check on the welfare of a lone sailor after he reported feeling unwell off Pagelsham moorings.
The Atlantic Class lifeboat Tony & Robert Britt was launched and made haste to the scene.
Upon arrival, three RNLI crew members boarded the casualty vessel to evaluate the well being of the lone sailor.
Following an initial assessment by the volunteer RNLI crew, the casualties condition improved, unfortunately however his condition deteriorated into a seizure deteriorating further when his breathing became erratic leading to a cardiac arrest.
RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch volunteers are well trained and prepared for such situations and were able to resuscitate and stabilise the casualty after 30 minutes pending the arrival of the Coastguard helicopter.
The casualty was transferred into the Coastguard helicopter and airlifted to hospital where we are pleased to report he is recovering well.
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