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Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station

Launch Report 006/2016


At 13.10hr on Tuesday 5th July 2016, a Seahouses Charter Boat reported to Humber Coastguard that a female diver aboard the boat, had become ill with chest pain and breathing problems after surfacing from a dive near the Farne Islands. She required medical assistance, and the boat was making best speed for Seahouses Harbour. Seahouses Lifeboat Station had monitored the call, and a request was also received by them from the boat owner’s wife for additional oxygen. The Lifeboat Operations Manager was also on the station, and initiated an immediate launch of the Inshore Lifeboat and the station Landrover with a crewman aboard with medical equipment and oxygen cylinders.

On arrival at Seahouses, the lifeboat crew boarded the charter boat and gave medical assistance to the diver, who was in some discomfort. A rescue Helicopter was tasked from Prestwick, while the lifeboat crew carried on giving oxygen and closely monitoring the diver’s condition, which was giving concern. Meanwhile a specialist diving doctor gave the crew advice by telephone at the scene. After some while it was decided by Humber Coastguard to cancel the Rescue Helicopter and send a road ambulance. The Air Ambulance was also requested with a doctor, by the ambulance crew attending, with a view to taking the casualty to the Northumbria Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington. On arrival of the Air Ambulance, the doctor on board decided to fly the casualty direct to the decompression chamber at Hull.

Once the casualty had been handed over to the Ambulance Crew, the Lifeboat personnel stood down. Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton commented, “The Boat Skipper did everything right to get help for this lady, as did the lifeboat crew. We hope she makes a full and speedy recovery.”

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