Lifeboat call-out escalates to medical emergency

Eastbourne lifeboat SUS-160508-103246001
Eastbourne lifeboat SUS-160508-103246001

An Eastbourne lifeboat call-out dramatically escalated to a medical emergency when crews went out to help a yacht.

The skipper of the nine-metre yacht initially contacted Dover Coastguard on Thursday evening (August 4) when his vessel lost all power and he was unable to start the engine for the final approach to Sovereign Harbour.

Eastbourne’s volunteer crew launched the all-weather lifeboat with the expectation of a routine tow back to the marina.

When on scene the yacht’s skipper said his partner was unwell so crewman Alex Emberley was transferred to the stricken vessel to assess the casualty’s condition.

Urgent medical assistance was needed, but the sea conditions meant he couldn’t be transferred to a lifeboat to the yacht was towed back to the marina and the casualty rushed to a waiting ambulance and then to the DGH.

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