May 22, 2007

Medivac of Chief Officer from oil tanker

A tanker by the name of "Babadag" bound for the Stanlow Oil Refinery was anchored waiting on the tide before proceeding up the River Mersey. The pilot vessel "Kittiwake" was following the vessel "Coastal Wave" in preparation to take the pilot off. It became apparent the Russian Chief Officer of the "Babadag" had been suffering chest pains for about 5 days. With this in mind, Liverpool Coastguard requested the launch of Hoylake Lifeboat.

The pilot vessel, having recovered the pilot from “Coastal Wave”, then proceeded to the "Babadag" and took the casualty on board. Hoylake Lifeboat went alongside the "Kittiwake" at the Q5 Channel buoy, where a first aider and medical equipment was transferred. The pilot launch then proceeded to a waiting ambulance at the Woodside Ferry Terminal where the casualty was evacuated to hospital. Hoylake Lifeboat then returned to station, and the casualty was returned to St Petersburg later that month.


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