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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Barrow lifeboat carries out medical evacuation

BARROW inshore lifeboat was launched on Friday to evacuate a sailor with a medical problem from a yacht.

Volunteer crewmen from the RNLI’s Barrow lifeboat station set off at 7.58pm, following a call to Liverpool Coastguard from the skipper of a yacht asking for help.

One of the crew, a 70-year-old male, was suffering from a medical condition thought to be acute seasickness.

The 34-foot sailing yacht, Ziba, was on passage from Kirkudbright to Liverpool with four crew aboard.

At the time of the incident the tide was at its height of 7.9 metres, but the wind was Force 5 to 6 from the east causing a swell.

The yacht had diverted from its course and sailed into the calmer seas around Roa Island where it was moored by the crew to await the arrival of the lifeboat.

The crew of Dave Kell, Phil Taylor and Adam Cleasby were soon with the vessel and the casualty was recovered aboard the lifeboat and transferred to the lifeboat station where he was examined by an awaiting ambulance crew, but later released.

The lifeboat was rehoused by 8.38pm.

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