A MAN was taken to hospital after being taken ill on board a charter fishing boat, which involved the Rhyl Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) team carrying out a medical evacuation.

The volunteers were paged just after noon on Saturday, May 7 after the vessel radioed to the Coastguard co-ordinating centre at Holyhead.

A male had been taken ill on board, and the skipper of the charter vessel requested first aid and medical assistance.

The crew at Rhyl RNLI was paged and launched to assist the vessel.


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Passage to the vessel only took a few minutes as it was just off the boathouse.

The lifeboat was taken alongside the boat, and three members of the crew were transferred to provide casualty care to the person, as the vessel returned to Rhyl harbour.

The two boats moored alongside the pontoon in Rhyl harbour, where the casualty was transferred on to the lifeboat's stretcher.

The lifeboat crew then took the casualty from the pontoon to the main harbour front, where an ambulance was waiting.

The casualty was then transferred by ambulance to Glan Clwyd Hospital, Rhyl.

The Welsh Air Ambulance, land ambulance and coastguards from the area had also been tasked.

A road ambulance took the air ambulance medical staff to the harbour, and the casualty was monitored in the ambulance.

Details of the casualty are not known at this time.