RNLI Assists Injured Wind Farm Guard Vessel Crewman

The Barrow Lifeboat Station’s volunteer crew launched their all-weather lifeboat to go to the aid of an injured crewman aboard a wind farm guard vessel on 25 June, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) said.

RNLI/Chris Clouter

The request to launch came from the HM Coastguard base in Holyhead at 4-50pm local time. The Coastguard had received the request for assistance from the wind farm guard vessel, Fairline Surveyor, which was south of the West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm. The vessel’s Master reported that one of the crewmen on board, reportedly a cook, had sustained a serious hand injury that required urgent treatment.

The Grace Dixon lifeboat proceeded at full speed to rendezvous with the Fairline Surveyor approximately six miles southwest of Walney Island. The injured crewman was transferred to the lifeboat where his condition was assessed by the lifeboat’s medical team during the passage back to Barrow.

The decision was made to take the casualty to the Deep Water Berth pontoon at Barrow Port where the Furness Coastguard team was waiting to transport him to Furness General Hospital.