Man airlifted to hospital from supply ship

Lowestoft lifeboat and the Coastguard rescue helicopter assist the man with a medical evacuation fro

Lowestoft lifeboat and the Coastguard rescue helicopter assist the man with a medical evacuation from the vessel. Picture: Mick Howes/RNLI - Credit: Archant

A lifeboat and coastguard helicopter were scrambled to help in airlifting a man to hospital.

The view from Lowestoft lifeboat as the Coastguard rescue helicopter arrives at the vessel. Picture:

The view from Lowestoft lifeboat as the Coastguard rescue helicopter arrives at the vessel. Picture: George Webster/RNLI - Credit: Archant

The man, who was aboard a ship off the Suffolk coast, needed medical attention with Lowestoft lifeboat – Patsy Knight – called out at 10.15am on Monday, March 18.

The RNLI lifeboat attended an offshore supply vessel, which was three miles east of Lowestoft. A man aboard the vessel was suffering pains and he needed to be medically evacuated.

Lowestoft lifeboat arriving back after the medical evacuation from the ship. Picture: Mick Howes/RNL

Lowestoft lifeboat arriving back after the medical evacuation from the ship. Picture: Mick Howes/RNLI - Credit: Archant

A coastguard rescue helicopter from Humber, with a paramedic on board, was also sent to the incident.

Lifeboat coxswain John Fox said: 'We reached the vessel in a quick time as the ship was visible from the lifeboat station.


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'Two of the lifeboat crew transferred onto the ship to assess and care for the casualty.

'They gave him oxygen before a paramedic on board the helicopter was lowered on to the supply ship.

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'It was then decided to airlift him from the vessel and he was taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston for further treatment.'

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