Ben Mitchell a volunteer at Sunderland was one of the crew who went aboard to receive the donation. Money which will then be used to help the RNLI continue to save lives at sea.
Ben is also is a full time crewman at Humber Lifeboat station. The Humber Crew were called upon at 0658 am on Wednesday the 15 May to evacuate a crew member off a vessel who had became ill through the night and needed evacuation to hospital.
‘When we got aboard the Lifeboat and contacted the coastguard to receive our task I was rather surprised to hear the name of the Resolution over the Radio, having only seen her in the river at home two days before.’
The Ship had set sail from Sunderland bound for Skegness on Tuesday (14 May) and the crewman had woke in the early hours in severe pain. After consultation with the coastguard it was decided the lifeboat would launch to collect the crewman and take him to Grimsby where he could be taken to hospital.
The Humber Lifeboat Navigated approximately 20 miles North East of the station at Spurn point where the distinctive outline of the vessel was seen by all crew before they came alongside and transferred the casualty. (Video linked)
‘All the crew at Humber were extremely happy to be able to assist in getting the casualty were he needed to be, and it made all the more special as the crew of the vessel had already decided to support the RNLI for which the crew at Sunderland and Humber are extremely grateful.’
The Crewman was landed at Grimsby were he was passed on to the Ambulance service. The RNLI wish him a speedy recovery.
The RNLI is a charity that relies on voluntary contributions to keep their lifeboats doing their essential lifesaving work. Sunderland is a volunteer Lifeboat station based at the marina in the mouth of the River Wear. Humber Lifeboat Station is based at Spurn point at the mouth of the Humber River.
Notes to Editors-
• Humber lifeboat station is the countries only fulltime coastal station, due to the difficulties and location at Spurn Point.
• Many of the Humber crew are volunteers at other stations when they are off duty.
• Sunderland Lifeboat is the countries longest continually running operational lifeboat station.
• You can follow both Lifeboat stations on Twitter @HumberLifeboat & @SunderlandRNLI .
Humber, Ben Mitchell -01964650228 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunderland, Paul Nicholson -07957 494 077 or email - email@example.com