Man airlifted to hospital with ‘serious illness’ off Mundseley coast

The RAF Search and Rescue helicopter from the Wattisham base in Suffolk.

A man with a 'serious illness' was airlifted to hospital from a boat off the north Norfolk coast this afternoon.

The RAF Search and Rescue team from Wattisham in Suffolk flew to the standing vessel for an offshore company 40 miles north east off Cromer and 10 miles off the coast of Mundseley just before 12.45pm.

It was supported by Dr Tom Moore from the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and EAAA critical care paramedic Gary Steward, who were picked up by the RAF helicopter crew from Norwich International Airport.

An EAAA spokesman said the man was in his 50s and arrived at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital just after 2.30pm.

Mario Siano, assistant district officer for HM Coastguard, said the man was 'seriously ill' and was the master of the standby vessel where the emergency service crews landed.

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An EAAA spokesperson said: 'This is a great example of how two highly skilled teams can work together for the good of the patient. On this occasion, the expert medical skills of our doctor and critical care paramedic were needed and the RAF Search and Rescue team was able to fly to the remote location and lower everyone down.

'The two teams worked extremely well together and gave this patient the best possible medical care available to him. We wish him well with his recovery.'

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