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Dover RNLI crew attend two mid Channel medical emergencies in one day

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday (11 June) Dover RNLI's all-volunteer crew were tasked to two medical emergencies in the English Channel on the same day.

Side view photo of the Dover Lifeboat 'City of London II'.


The Dover Lifeboat 'City of London II'
Tasked at 7.17pm the crew of Dover's Severn Class City of London II were tasked to attend a male casualty suffering from septicaemia aboard a transiting cruise ship in the southward shipping lane.

Unable to extricate the casualty by helicopter due to their condition, the crew came along port side in a challenging manoeuvre and took the casualty aboard. Upon making best speed to the Port of Dover, the casualty was transferred by RNLI and the Langdon Coastguard Rescue Team to the care of the SE Kent Ambulance Service where he was taken to a local hospital for further treatment.

Earlier in the day the crew had also been tasked at 5.04pm to reports of a male casualty suffering heatstroke aboard a fishing vessel in close proximity to the Varne Bank, nine miles south west of Dover. Upon arriving on scene, the casualty was taken aboard the Dover ALB and given medical assistance shore side.

We would like to thank our multi-agency colleagues for two successful medical evacuations.

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