Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat was launched to reports of an unconscious angler who had been fishing just off the coast of Beachy Head.
‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’ and her volunteer crew were in the middle of their Sunday morning exercise on August 24 when they were tasked to an angler on a
charter vessel, who had been unconscious for around ten minutes and was thought to have had a heart attack.
The lifeboat proceeded at full speed towards the casualty, while the angling vessel proceeded at full speed towards the lifeboat. Three lifeboat crews with full medical kit were readied. On route, more information was received from the fishing vessel as the casualty had become partially conscious. Additional information on his medical history was received, which helped give the volunteer lifeboat crew a fuller picture.
At 11.33am, the three volunteer crew were transferred to the angling vessel and the casualty was immediately assessed. It was quickly established he needed urgent hospital treatment. The Coastguard rescue helicopter arrived on scene and a HM Coastguard paramedic was winched down before a medical handover took place with the volunteer lifeboat crew. The sick angler was then taken by helicopter to the RSCH.