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Injured seaman transferred to RNLI Lifeboat in offshore rescue.

Lifeboats News Release

A seaman with fractures to his arm was transferred from a dredger to the Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat seven miles out in the Thames estuary.

The Sheerness all-weather lifeboat 'Judith Copping Joyce' coming alongside the dredger to take the injured man onboard.

RNLI/Vic Booth

Coming alongside

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all -weather lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ was tasked by the UK Coastguard on Wednesday 7 September to rendezvous with the sea going dredger ‘Reimerswaal’ at The Warps pilot boarding area in the Thames estuary to remove a crewman with serious fractures to his arm.

Launching at 4.57pm with a crew of six the lifeboat was on the scene at 5.45pm where the casualty was quickly and safely transferred from the dredger to the ALB and from there, along with a crew mate, he was taken back to the boathouse at Sheerness, arriving at 6.32pm.

A call was put in to request an Ambulance to pick up the casualty, but with the possibility of a three to four hour wait the decision was taken that one of the crew members would drive the two men to Medway Hospital.

With the casualty on his way to hospital the lifeboat was re-fuelled, cleaned and ready for further service at 6.45pm.

Wind SW4,slight seas and good visibility on the flood tide.

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