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Lifeboat rescues man from the sea

Date
21/06/2010
What Happened
Person overboard/swept away/fell in the water
What Caused
Adverse environmental conditions
Casualty type/Qty
Casualty
Gender
Male
Causal Factors
Lack of awareness of hazards/obstacles
Injury Details
N/A
Outcome
Near miss
Alcohol/Drugs
N/A

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Description of Incident
Donaghadee RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch on Sunday Morning at 7.30am by the coastguard to go to the aid of a man reported in the sea off Millisle beach park.

The coastguard had received a telephone call from a lady saying that her husband had fallen off a kayak and had been in the sea for over 45 minutes.

On arriving on the scene the lifeboat found that a member of the general public had rowed out to the man and was keeping him afloat but was unable to get him out of the sea.

Because of the shallow water the lifeboat launched its xp boat with two crew members on board to go to the manís rescue. The crew members were able to recover the man from the water and returned with him the two hundred yards back to the lifeboat.

Once on board the casualty was given first aid and oxygen to aid his recovery, before returning to Donaghadee harbour to a waiting ambulance. He was later released from hospital and returned to the lifeboat station to thank all involved for his rescue.
Supporting Information
http://www.donaghadeelifeboat.co.uk/callouts.html

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