Margate RNLI assists injured fisherman
In a complex and delicate operation Margate’s RNLI lifeboat along with the Coastguard rescue helicopter from Lydd Airport has assisted an injured fisherman off the Kent coast.
A commercial fishing vessel with two persons on board contacted UK Coastguard early this afternoon (Wednesday 15 November) reporting that one of the crew had suffered a back injury while handling fishing gear. He was in some pain and medical assistance was requested. The fishing vessel was around 15 miles off the north Kent coast at the time and Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat along with the coastguard rescue helicopter were tasked to assist.
Once on scene the helicopter transferred its winchman/paramedic, and the lifeboat transferred one of its crew who is a paramedic with South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMS) to the fishing vessel to assess the casualty. After casualty care had been provided it was decided to transfer the fisherman back to shore on board the lifeboat, under the care of the helicopter paramedic and lifeboat crew. An additional lifeboatman was put aboard the fishing vessel to assist its safe return to Ramsgate.
Upon arrival at Ramsgate Port the casualty was handed into the care of SECAMS personnel for transfer to hospital. The coastguard helicopter landed at the port to recover its winchman and the lifeboat returned to station.
Nick Smith, Deputy Launching Authority Margate lifeboat said: ‘This was a tricky operation requiring careful planning by all involved. The presence of the helicopter paramedic and our own lifeboat crewmember who is a paramedic allowed for the best possible care to be provided to the casualty.’
Photo caption: Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat stands by while the Coastguard helicopter transfers a stretcher to the fishing vessel (RNLI/Karl Davey)
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