Humber RNLI help injured ferry passenger
On Tuesday 11th July at 8.50pm the Humber RNLI lifeboat was tasked to the passenger ferry The Pride of York positioned just east of Spurn Point.
A gentleman passenger had an accident causing severe trauma to his left hand requiring him to be evacuated from the ferry and taken to hospital.
The lifeboat launched and was on scene in less than 10 minutes, the coxswain held off the ferry whilst he assessed the situation and liaised with the captain of the ferry as to what the next course of action would be.
The lifeboat then made its first approach into the ferry dropping a crewman onboard to assess the casualty. The casualty was walking wounded and in good spirits and the decision was made to come in alongside again but this time to recover the casualty, his wife and the crewman.
The coxswain made his approach again and managed to hold the lifeboat in alongside long enough to transfer all parties to the lifeboat at 9.35pm.
Humber Coastguard had pre-arranged a waiting ambulance in Grimsby and the lifeboat made best speed to the Royal Dock meeting the medical team at approximately 9.55pm where the casualty was handed over for the trip to Grimsby hospital.
Second coxswain Jamie White said: ‘As my first job in charge of the lifeboat, it was a bit of a baptism of fire, however we have a very strong team at Humber Lifeboat Station and everything gelled together to make the task as simple as possible. The captain of the ferry even changed its position to give us extra shelter from the weather enabling a safe transfer from vessel to vessel.’
The lifeboat was back on its moorings refuelled and ready for service by 11pm.
RNLI media contact
For more information, contact Mark Stanbra, Humber RNLI press officer, on 01964 650228
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.