Angler collapses and dies while out at sea


An angler who collapsed while out fishing sadly died, despite the best efforts of lifeboat volunteers and paramedics who tried to revive him.

On Tuesday, June 23 at around 4.15pm, the Newhaven lifeboat was launched to reports of a unconscious angler at a location four miles south west of the harbour.

Three members of the volunteer crew readied themselves with First Aid equipment and set out on the relief Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB Daniel L Gibson’ to the location.

As soon as the lifeboat arrived at the scene, the second person on the fishing vessel was transferred onto the lifeboat while the three crew members made their way onto the boat. They commenced CPR immediately.

Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 104 lowered its paramedic onto the lifeboat and then he was quickly transferred to the vessel.

Despite the very best efforts of the lifeboat crew and paramedic, it was confirmed shortly afterwards he was sadly deceased.

The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter winched the casualty on board and the lifeboat returned to station.

Coxswain Paul Legendre said: “This type of call out is always very difficult for our volunteer crew, who try their very best to make the difference.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to save this gentleman on this occasion. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this most difficult of times.”

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