THE volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat were called to the aid of a crew member on a cargo vessel in the middle of the Bristol Channel this morning, Friday (Oct 18).
Just after 6.10am the UK Coastguard at Milford Haven paged the The volunteer crew of the Mumbles Lifeboat Roy Barker IV to assist a crew member of a cargo ship suffering from severe chest pains.
The lifeboat launched and was on scene with the casualty vessel by 7.15 South West of Nash Point. Coastguard helicopter 187 was also requested and a helicopter crew member placed on the deck of the cargo ship. The decision was made to evacuate the casualty by air and he was taken to Morriston Hospital. Deputy launch authority Rob Tovey said ‘at the time of launch there was severe weather in the area with heavy rain, strong wind and thunder so it was unclear if the Coastguard helicopter would be able to assist. The lifeboat was sent to ensure medical assistance was on the way’.
The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service .
Alan has a long career of working with children in education. Latterly he ran a busy photography studio and worked for local newspapers. He started one of the first hyperlocals in Wales, which has gone from strength to strength. He is a member of the NUJ and sits on the board of the Independent Community News Network.