Looe RNLI volunteer crews launch to assist with medical evacuation
Looe RNLI volunteer crews launched both inshore lifeboats to assist with the medical evacuation of a casualty from a charter fishing vessel
Yesterday afternoon, Tuesday 7 June 2022, Murray Collings, the Skipper of a local charter fishing vessel Swallow II contacted Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) for assistance when one of the anglers on his boat was taken ill. At 5.15 pm crew pagers sounded and our RNLI volunteer crew were tasked to assess the situation. Launching the charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II our crew headed out to meet the Swallow II which was making its way back to Looe. Two of our crew boarded the fishing vessel to assess the casualty and provide casualty care. As they arrived in the bay, a second volunteer crew launched the D Class Ollie Naismith with the intention of transferring the casualty onto East Looe beach. Following further discussions with Falmouth MRCC our crews requested evacuation by helicopter and the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 924 was tasked. Arriving in the bay the helicopter paramedic was winched down onto the Atlantic 85 and transferred to the fishing vessel. Our Atlantic then went back out into the bay allowing the helicopter to lower a stretcher.
With the casualty handed into the care of the helicopter paramedic they were winched into the helicopter from the Swallow II and transferred to Derriford hospital.
Our lifeboats returned to station where they were washed down and refuelled ready for their next service.
Notes to editors
· Rescue 924 paramedic winching down to Looe RNLI Atlantic 85
Sheila and Dennis Tongue II
Photo credit RNLI / Dave Haines
· Transferring rescue 924 paramedic to the fishing vessel from Looe RNLI Atlantic 85
Sheila and Dennis Tongue II
Photo credit Looe RNLI
· Re-established as an inshore lifeboat station in 1992, Looe RNLI operate two inshore lifeboats
An Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and a D Class Ollie Naismith
· For further information on Looe RNLI Lifeboats please visit our website www.looelifeboats.co.uk
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