Yarmouth Coastguard were informed at 9:30pm on Friday evening by the Putford Apollo that the fast rescue craft was making its way into Lowestoft Harbour to obtain engine parts for the support vessel, when the grounding took place. There were 3 people on board. Lowestoft RNLI all weather lifeboat was requested to launch.
Mario Siano, Watch Manager, Yarmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, said:
The lifeboat was able under very difficult circumstances to retrieve the 3 crew from the fast rescue craft and take them to safety at Lowestoft Harbour. All 3 crew are safe and well.
The fast rescue craft remained grounded on the groin until high tide Saturday morning, it is now drifting with the tide and attempts to recover it are underway by the vessels agents.
The Putford Apollo has returned to Lowestoft Harbour.
Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received a request for medical assistance from the ship at 3.50pm, which was 370 nautical miles South West of the Isles of Scilly bound for the USA. A 45 year old crewman had fallen 10 metres into the hold and had sustained serious injuries. Following a connect call to Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth, the duty doctor recommended evacuation.
At this time the ship was beyond the range of Search and Rescue helicopters. In conjunction with ARCC Kinloss it was decided that an RAF rescue helicopter would leave RMB Chivenor to refuel in Cork, Ireland and then fly 200 nautical miles to the South West of Ireland to rendezvous with the ship, which had been instructed to alter course to reduce the distance. The rendezvous is scheduled to take place at 0030 Saturday morning. Due to the distance involved a Nimrod Maritime patrol aircraft has also been sent to provide top cover.
The casualty will be flown to Ireland and transferred to Cork hospital.