Eastbourne-RNLI-involved-in-medivac

Byline: Eastbourne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was tasked this afternoon to assist with the evacuation of an injured crewman from a luxury pleasure craft off Eastbourne
Page Content: The 72 metre cruiser Coral Island on passage to Gibraltar contacted Dover coastguard when the first officer fell and suffered facial injuries that required professional treatment. The initial intention was for Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat to take the injured man off the cruiser and take him to a waiting ambulance at Sovereign Harbour. En-route to the casualty it was evident that to complete a transfer in the prevailing weather conditions was going to be extremely hazardous in the strong winds and 3 metre swell. Lifeboat Coxswain Mark Sawyer therefore requested the scrambling of Coastguard rescue helicopter 104 to assist. Whilst the ALB stood by the injured man was airlifted from the cruiser and taken to Eastbourne DGH for treatment.

The cruiser later anchored in Eastbourne Bay to await news from the hospital of their injured colleague whilst the lifeboat returned to station.   

Byline: Eastbourne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was tasked this afternoon to assist with the evacuation of an injured crewman from a luxury pleasure craft off Eastbourne
Page Content: The 72 metre cruiser Coral Island on passage to Gibraltar contacted Dover coastguard when the first officer fell and suffered facial injuries that required professional treatment. The initial intention was for Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat to take the injured man off the cruiser and take him to a waiting ambulance at Sovereign Harbour. En-route to the casualty it was evident that to complete a transfer in the prevailing weather conditions was going to be extremely hazardous in the strong winds and 3 metre swell. Lifeboat Coxswain Mark Sawyer therefore requested the scrambling of Coastguard rescue helicopter 104 to assist. Whilst the ALB stood by the injured man was airlifted from the cruiser and taken to Eastbourne DGH for treatment.

The cruiser later anchored in Eastbourne Bay to await news from the hospital of their injured colleague whilst the lifeboat returned to station.