Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteers assist in medical emergency

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI were tasked by H.M. Coastguard at 7.35am on Thursday 12 May following reports of a medical emergency on a 25’ sailing yacht with a lone sailor onboard.

Courtesy of Mark Peters owner of local fishing vessel.

Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteers attending to lone sailor

The Atlantic Class lifeboat Tony & Robert Britt was immediately launched and proceeded to intercept the sailing yacht in the area of Buxey Sands.

The casualty vessel had sustained power/engine failure and had been out all night exposed to the elements. Unfortunately the lone sailor’s mobile phone had run out of battery and the radio had failed but fortunately the lone sailor, despite their medical condition, managed to set off red distress flares which alerted a local fishing boat who assisted until the volunteers from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI arrived on scene.

Following emergency checks on the casualty, the Atlantic Class lifeboat Tony & Robert Britt took the casualty vessel under tow into Essex Marina where the sailor was handed over to officers from H.M. Coastguard Southend on Sea and then passed into the care of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust as the sailor was cold and wet and showing early signs of hypothermia.

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Coastguard and East of England Ambulance Service standing by.

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