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Dungeness RNLI lifeboat takes off injured crewman from survey ship

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 11 October at 11am, the UK Coastguard tasked the Dungeness lifeboat to take off a crewman with a dislocated thumb from a survey ship on route to Egypt.

RNLI lifeboat goes along side the survey vessel to take off injured crewman.

RNLI/Volunteer crew member Natalie Adams

RNLI lifeboat going along side the survey vessel to take off injured crewman.

The UK Coastguard had advised the survey ship to alter course and rendezvous with the lifeboat in the lee of Dungeness, because of the very difficult weather conditions.

Once on scene Second Coxswain Trevor Bunney in charge of the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew were informed the casualty was able to walk down the gangway because of the calmer conditions, so the transfer was achieved successfully.

The RNLI lifeboat returned to Dungeness lifeboat station to enable the casualty to be transferred to a waiting ambulance for hospital treatment.

Second Coxswain Bunney said ‘ Good team work was done by all, transfer from ship to ship is always challenging and this is why the continual training for our committed volunteers pay off’

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