Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

Injured Seaman Evacuated From Ship

An injured merchant seaman was evacuated from his ship on Saturday evening by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat volunteers.

The master of the vehicle carrier City Of Paris radioed Humber Coastguard at 19:30 after a 35 year-old Ukrainian crewman impaled his finger on a fish hook. Attempts to remove the deeply-embedded hook were unsuccessful and Radio Medical Advice indicated that the crewman should be evacuated and treated at a hospital.

Humber Coastguard paged the all weather lifeboat at 19:37. Launching just seven minutes later the lifeboat steamed as fast as possible in poor visibility to the ship, anchored 2.7 nautical miles north of the Tyne piers.

Arriving on scene ten minutes after launching two lifeboat crew members boarded the 10,000tonne, 100m vessel via the pilot ladder and assessed the casualty who was in good spirits but in some pain. He was ‘walking wounded’ and made his own way off the ship onto the lifeboat, which sped him back to the lifeboat station where he was made comfortable.

A paramedic first response car arrived soon after and the paramedic made an assessment before taking the seaman to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington for minor surgery to remove the hook.

Lifeboat: 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland