Coastguard helicopter scrambled to ship off Lowestoft coast to airlift casualty to hospital

The Coastguard helicopter was involved in a rescue off the Lowestoft coast. Picture: PAUL DAMEN

The Coastguard helicopter was involved in a rescue off the Lowestoft coast. Picture: PAUL DAMEN - Credit: Archant

The coastguard helicopter had been scrambled after a crew member of a boat off the coast at Lowestoft was struck down with appendicitis.

A spokesman for Humber Coastguard said they were contacted just after 5.40am today (Saturday, October 13) by the crew of a boat which is currently about four miles south east of Lowestoft.

They said a man, who is believed to be 47, was suffering from appendicitis.

The spokesman said a helicopter was scrambled and will be taking the casualty to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston for further care.