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Launch Report 015/2013

MALE WITH SUSPECTED HEART ATTACK ON SEAHOUSES HARBOUR PIER

At 15.05hr on Monday 29 July 2013, a member of the public rushed into Seahouses Lifeboat Station, and alerted the personnel on station, to a male who had collapsed on the main pier with a suspected heart attack.

The Coxswain, Operations Manager and Deputy Launch Authority immediately went to the scene with the station Landrover, where they located the male, with his family. He appeared to be very ill and deteriorating. All Lifeboat Crew are trained as casualty care medics, and the crew were able to administer oxygen, GTN spray and aspirin, as well as make him comfortable and keep him dry from passing rain showers. The male and his family had just returned from a trip to the Farne Islands, and he took ill while climbing the steps back onto the pier at Seahouses. Ambulance Control were briefed about the male's condition, but the nearest ambulance was still at least 35 minutes away. Humber Coastguard were then also briefed about the incident, as they usually co-ordinate incidents on the coastline, and had been unaware of this incident. After 20 minutes, the male casualty began showing signs of improvement.

On arrival of the Paramedic Ambulance, the casualty was further stabilised and then taken to Wansbeck Hospital for treatment. The Casualty's wife expressed her deep gratitude to the RNLI personnel for their rapid response and medical attention given to her husband.

The Lifeboat personnel then returned to station. The casualty's identity will not be released by the RNLI, due to patient confidentiality. It is believed that he was a resident of Northumberland, on a day out with his family.

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