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Barry Dock RNLI volunteers in midnight medical evacuation from Yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat volunteers launched at midnight last night (21 July) after reports of a man unwell on a yacht.

The 32ft yacht was on passage from Portishead to the Scilly Isles with a man and a woman on board when reports came that the man was vomiting and unwell not far from the lifeboat station at Barry Dock.

The lifeboat crew were paged shortly before midnight and launched the all-weather lifeboat Inner Wheel II minutes later.

Once alongside the yacht the lifeboat Coxswain put three volunteer crew aboard the yacht, two to treat the unwell man and one to take the controls of the yacht and return it safely to Barry.

The man was given first aid treatment on board before being helped from the yacht and placed in a stretcher and handed over into the care of the coastguard team and waiting paramedics.

He was taken in an ambulance for further treatment.

The lifeboat was back on station and ready for its next service by 1am and the volunteer crew could return to their beds.

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For more information please contact: Abi Phillips, Barry Dock RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07973 293587 or by email 2abigailphillips@gmail.com.more information please contact: Abi Phillips, Barry Dock RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07973 293587 or by email 2abigailphillips@gmail.com.

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