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Fishguard RNLI assist French naval ship

Lifeboats News Release

An injured French naval crewmember was brought ashore by Fishguard RNLI on the evening of Monday 16 April.

The 43-metre French naval training ship 'Lynx' made contact with UK Coastguard and sought assistance after a female crew member suffered a head injury onboard the ship whilst it was on passage in the St.Georges Channel.

The Fishguard RNLI's all-weather lifeboat with full crew launched at 7.20pm and rendezvoused with the 340 tonne naval ship outside Fishguard harbour in the lee of the breakwater and the injured sailor was quickly transferred and brought back to the RNLI station at 8.15pm where an awaiting ambulance took the young sailor to Withybush Hospital.

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For further information please contact Peter Kedward, Lifeboat Press Officer at Fishguard on 01348 872359 or 07813180062

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