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Dungeness RNLI launch to medical incident on an angling vessel

Lifeboats News Release

On Wednesday 23 August at 9.05am, Dungeness RNLI volunteers were paged to an angling vessel with a sick passenger that needed assistance approximately 9 miles south of Dungeness point.

RNLI/Sarah Beck

Dungeness RNLI launching

The passenger was experiencing a medical episode and UK Coastguard tasked the lifeboat to retrieve the passenger and bring him into the care of the ambulance service for further checks.

The lifeboat and the volunteer crew launched at 9.30am and the skipper of the casualty vessel proceeded to head towards land so that the lifeboat could meet the vessel in good time.

Once the boats were together, the lifeboat crew extracted the casualty onto the lifeboat where casualty care was given.

The lifeboat was then recovered, and the casualty was handed into the care of emergency first responders and the ambulance service.

Coxswain, Jason Adams says:

‘The skipper did the right thing today in hailing UK Coastguard for assistance. He had the right equipment on board – a VHF radio, that allowed him to call for help. The casualty was checked over by the ambulance service and we wish him well.’

If you are interested in volunteering for Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat Station, we have a number or roles available both afloat and shore based. Please contact the station on 01797 320317 or [email protected] if you would like to take on a new challenge and become part of the charity that saves lives at sea.

Notes to Editors

· Dungeness lifeboat station has been running since 1826.

· The station received the first Shannon-class lifeboat in the RNLI fleet – The Morrell

· The station is famous for its Lady Launchers, local women and wives of the crew who helped launch the lifeboat in the 1950s.


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For more information please contact Sarah Beck, Dungeness Lifeboat Press Officer on [email protected] or 07956 615429, Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer on 07785 296252 or [email protected] or alternatively, Regional Media Manager Julie Rainey on 07827 358256 or [email protected]. RNLI Press Office is available 24/7 365 days a year on 01202 336789.

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