Boat skipper rushed to hospital with chest pains

Blackpool RNLI launched a lifeboat to help a boat skipper who was taken ill at sea.
Blackpool RNLI launched a lifeboat to help a boat skipper who was taken ill at sea.
  • A boat skipper was suddenly taken ill with chest pains while out at sea
  • Blackpool RNLI crews launched a lifeboat to bring the man back to shore on Thursday evening
  • An ambulance was waiting on the Promenade to take the casualty to hospital
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A boat skipper who started getting chest pains while out at sea had to be rushed to hospital.

A lifeboat was scrambled to the 13-metre workboat off Anchorsholme at around 6.40pm on Thursday when the man was suddenly taken ill.

The casualty, who was having difficulty breathing, was assessed by a Blackpool RNLI volunteer before being transferred to the station’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat and brought back to shore.

He was taken to hospital in an ambulance that was waiting on the Promenade.

Blackpool RNLI volunteer helmsman Colin Lowe said: “The casualty we helped was quite poorly but we managed to launch the lifeboat quickly and get him the help he needed before he became very unwell.

“When my pager went off, I was in the middle of shopping, one of the crew had just got out of the shower and another of our volunteers was in the middle of his tea.

Blackpool RNLI launched a lifeboat to help a boat skipper who was taken ill at sea.

Blackpool RNLI launched a lifeboat to help a boat skipper who was taken ill at sea.

“We’re all volunteers, on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week but we do it because we want to help people – jobs like this one make it worthwhile.”

We’re all volunteers, on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week but we do it because we want to help people – jobs like this one make it worthwhile.

Colin Lowe