RNLI New Brighton rescue extremely ill yachtsman

Atlantic 85 B-837 Charles Dibdin returning with casualty

Atlantic 85 B-837 Charles Dibdin returning with casualty. CREDIT: RNLI/Bob Warwick

RNLI New Brighton were called out to a diabetic and in need of medical attention on board a 32 ft yacht that had lost engine power on Saturday.

The craft which was suffering from engine problems was located in the area between Askew Spit and Taylors Bank in the main channel of the River Mersey.

View from Safety Boat Dependable

View from Safety Boat Dependable. CREDIT: RNLI/Bob Warwick

The yachtsman was found to be suffering from extreme seasickness and was transferred to the lifeboat and taken ashore.

The casualty was then passed into the hands of the crew of a waiting ambulance and taken to hospital.

Atlantic 85 B-837 Charles Dibdin returning with casualty

Atlantic 85 B-837 Charles Dibdin returning with casualty

As the yacht had engine problems, Merseyside Fire Brigades Marine Fire One rescue was requested to assist the yachts return to Liverpool.

On return to base Dave Davies explained “Sea sickness, particularly for someone with a existing medical condition can be life threatening if not treated quickly as they can become severely dehydrated, lethargic, disoriented and loose consciousness”.

Crewman Dave Davies

Crewman Dave Davies. CREDIT: RNLI/Bob Warwick

Lifeboat Operations Manager Graham Sale commented ‘This was the sort of rescue that our crews spend a lot of time training for and as a result the operation went smoothly.

“Sea sickness can be serious and anyone going to sea would be advised to be aware of the symptoms and treatment especially if anyone on board has other medical conditions”

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