RNLI volunteers in Hartlepool called out to help a sailor suffering from breathing difficulties

RNLI volunteers were called out to assist a sailor with breathing difficulties on a cargo ship moored off Hartlepool.

Friday, 4th June 2021, 8:07 pm

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were paged shortly after 10.20am on Friday, June 4, by the Humber Coastguard and tasked to carry out a medevac.

A 54-year-old man on a 5,000 ton cargo ship, which was moored two miles off Hartlepool, was reported to have been suffering from breathing difficulties.

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Volunteers from Hartlepool RNLI were called out to assist with a sailor who was suffering from breathing difficulties on a cargo ship. Photo: Hartlepool RNLI/Robbie Maiden.

The all weather lifeboat, ‘Betty Huntbatch’, launched and was alongside the vessel at around 11am.

Volunteers brought the casualty aboard the lifeboat where Honorary Medical Advisor assessed him while returning to Ferry Road lifeboat station.

Hartlepool RNLI Coxswain Robbie Maiden commented: “This was a straight forward medevac which the volunteers train for and thanks to the generosity of our supporters we are able to provide the best kit for our crew and the equipment to assist a casualty as we did on this occasion.”

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