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Dungeness RNLI lifeboat responds to person taken ill on chartered fishing boat.

On Sunday 30 December at 11.33 am the lifeboat was paged in response to a phone call indicating the skipper of a local 10m chartered fishing boat had been taken ill, three miles south of Dungeness and needed medical assistance.

Once launched on service, Coxswain Stuart Adams in command of the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-12 ‘Casandra’ and her volunteer crew proceeded to the casualty’s position. Two casualty care trained volunteer crew members were transferred from the lifeboat to make an assessment of the skipper and after consultation with the Coxswain it was felt that a Coastguard Rescue helicopter from Lydd should be tasked to airlift the patient to a hospital.

The patient was transferred from the fishing boat to the lifeboat and the paramedic from the helicopter was lowered on to the RNLI lifeboat. After it was decided the visibility at the local hospital in Ashford was too poor for landing, the helicopter returned to Lydd while the paramedic from the helicopter stayed with the patient on board the RNLI lifeboat as they returned to a waiting ambulance at the lifeboat station.

In the meantime, two volunteer crewmembers from the lifeboat safely delivered the chartered fishing boat and her passengers back to her home port in Rye.

Coxswain Adams said ‘breaking from the Christmas holiday to respond to their pagers, the crew worked very well as a team transferring the first aiders between vessels, it was an excellent job by our volunteers’

Photograph shows ambulance waiting for casualty to be taken from RNLI lifeboat

Photograph shows ambulance waiting for casualty to be taken from RNLI lifeboat 13-12 ‘Casandra’ by LPO Judith Richardson

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