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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Sea rescue operation after skipper falls ill

A sea rescue operation was launched afer a yacht's skipper took ill off Cumbria's coast.

Lifeboat and Coastguard crews were scrambled in the operation to help the casualty, who was taken to hospital.

The alert was raised off Whitehaven at about 2.45pm yesterday (Saturday).

The casualty was among those competing in the first yacht race of the season off the county's coast.

A Whitehaven Coastguard unit spokesman said: "A member of Whitehaven Coastguard was a crewmember on the yacht and contacted Liverpool Maritime Coordination Centre to let them know of the situation.

"By coincidence, Workington and St Bees RNLI were conducting a training exercise in Whitehaven Harbour and were tasked to attend and provide support to the vessel.

"Two members of St Bees RNLI boarded the yacht with oxygen and first aid and provided help to the casualty and crew.

"Once in the sea lock the casualty was transferred to Workington Lifeboat and handed over to the Coastguard and waiting ambulance at the fuel berth."

The casualty was then taken to the West Cumberland Hospital.

No details about their condition have been released. 

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