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Lifeboat called out to Gravesend Reach after crew member suffers fall

13:55 13 February 2017

Casualty being transported to the deck of the vessel. Credit: RNLI/Alan Carr

Casualty being transported to the deck of the vessel. Credit: RNLI/Alan Carr

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The incident happened on Saturday

A casualty on board a commercial ship had to be airlifted from Gravesend Reach at the weekend.

Gravesend RNLI’s lifeboat was launched at 5.35pm on Saturday, after a crew member fell more than two metres on board the 98-metre long vessel.

On arrival, crews discovered the casualty had suffered head and chest injuries and began casualty care.

A spokesperson from the RNLI said: “Due to the injuries and the fact the vessel was moving, it was decided that the quickest and safest way to evacuate the casualty was by helicopter.

“The UK coastguard helicopter based at Lydd was tasked and arrived on-scene where the casualty was winched and taken direct to hospital.

“The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station.”

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