Newhaven Lifeboat on medical mission

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Newhaven Lifeboat was launched on Friday (June 14) to take a crew member of a German cargo ship for medical attention.

Volunteers were called at 1pm to the 72 metre cargo ship and launched the Severn Class Lifeboat David and Elizabeth Acland to the Ilka.

It was travelling to Ireland when the captain contacted Solent Coastguard to report that one of his crew who was suffering with suspected shingles had deteriorated during the day and required urgent medical attention.

The 56 year old crewman from the cargo ship was transferred to the lifeboat at 1.20pm and treated by lifeboat crew at the station before being handed over to an ambulance, which took him to hospital for further treatment.

Coxswain Paul Legendre said: “The casualty was clearly in a bad way which could have continued to get worse if he had remained on board and not sought further medical treatment.”