Date: Tuesday 20th October 2009
Wind: SE 6-7
Sea state: Rough
Time of launch: 0555hrs
Time of return: 0710hrs
Boats launched: ALB
Reason: Amble RNLI All-weather Lifeboat The Four Boys was launched in the early hours of this morning to perform a medical evacuation (medivac) for a crewman that had become injured aboard the survey vessel Fleur de Lys which was working nine and a half miles east of Amble Harbour.
The volunteer crew members were paged at 5.45am this morning at the request of HM Coastguard after receiving reports that a crewman onboard had sustained severe head wounds after being thrown out of a bunk when a large wave hit the survey vessel unexpectedly.
The lifeboat made best possible speed to the vessel given the sea conditions for the nine mile journey and once on scene it became obvious that it was too rough to transfer between the boats as it posed an unnecessary risk to the casualty, boats and crews due to the heavy three metre swell.
Once the condition of the casualty was established as stable, it was then decided that the best course of action was for the lifeboat to escort Fleur de Lys back to safer waters for the transfer to take place in a better environment. The transfer then took place once the vessels were back within the safety of Amble Harbour and the crewman was passed to a waiting ambulance for onward transfer to hospital.