The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

Lifeboats come to the rescue after fisherman takes ill at sea


Arbroath lifeboat crews were scrambled to help an ill sailor in the North Sea last night.

A fishing vessel called the coastguard to report one of their crew had taken ill, 11 miles away from the nearest RNLI station.

Both inshore and all-weather lifeboats went out to meet the trawler and transferre­d the man to a waiting ambulance at Arbroath harbour.

A spokesman for HM Coastguard said: “The initial call came in at 8.45pm that a fisherman had taken ill on a vessel. “It’s out at the Bass Rock, which is about 11 miles out to sea. “There’s an ambulance waiting to take him away when the lifeboat gets back.”

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