Donaghadee RNLI evacuates sick passenger from cruise ship


A lifeboat was deployed yesterday to evacuate a sick passenger from a cruise ship.

The Donaghadee RNLI was called in by the Belfast Coast Guard to assist with the evacuation of an injured woman at 6:05 p.m. on Friday 17th September.

The all-weather lifeboat and its crew arrived at the scene at 6:40 p.m. and worked with the ship’s medic before transferring the patient on board and administering further treatment.

The female was then taken to Bangor Marina and transferred to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

An RNLI spokesperson said: “The volunteer crew have been requested by the Belfast Coast Guard to launch their all-weather lifeboat Saxon at 6:05 p.m. and rescue the injured woman.

“The lifeboat was launched within minutes at 6:12 pm under coxswain Philip McNamara and seven crew on board.

“The weather conditions at the time were dull and cloudy with light rain, a force 3 northeasterly wind and calm seas.

“Arrived at the scene at 6:40 pm, the lifeboat crew communicated with the ship and the ship’s doctor on the victim’s condition before transferring the patient to the lifeboat and providing care to the injured.

“The lifeboat brought the victim and another passenger safely ashore at Bangor Marina, where the woman was then transferred to the care of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.”

Speaking on the call, Donaghadee RNLI Coxswain Philip McNamara said: “We were happy to be able to help tonight and wish the victim a speedy recovery. I also want to congratulate our team of volunteers who have come out so quickly in numbers this evening to ensure that we can assist the injured as soon as possible.