Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

72 Mile RNLI Lifeboat Dash To Evacuate Injured Fisherman

A fisherman’s injury led to Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat making at 72 mile round trip to bring him ashore for treatment on Sunday.

The skipper of the 86m, 2098 tonne French factory trawler Sandette called Humber Coastguard shortly before 11:00 for assistance after one of his crew member was thought to have suffered a broken ankle.

Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat was requested to launch and set off at 11:11 on the 36 mile dash to the Sandette, which was also steaming closer to shore from her position east of the Northumberland coast.

Arriving at the vessel just over an hour after launching, the lifeboat crew found that the 43 year old fisherman was ‘walking wounded’ and was able to board the lifeboat by ladder, assisted by the volunteer crew members.

Once he was safely on board, the lifeboat made best speed back to the lifeboat station, where Fishermen’s Mission Superintendent Peter Dade met the casualty and took him to the Emergency Care Centre at North Tyneside General Hospital, along with translator Gill Rutter, where he was diagnosed with two fractures in his right foot . His leg was put in a temporary support boot and he was then put up in a Whitley Bay hotel for the night, thanks to the Mission and the shipping agent acting for his vessel.

UPDATE: On Monday morning he attended the fracture clinic at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, Cramlington where his foot was put in a cast.

The fisherman’s company arranged for the casualty to fly home from Newcastle airport later on Monday afternoon.

Lifeboat (relief): 17-17 Fraser Flyer