ALB Launches, Weymouth

Sat 21 November 20

ALB launched to evacuate a sick person from a cruise ship


Time Out  2020-11-21 22:30:00

Time In  2020-11-22 00:15:00

Type  Medivac

Position  2.5 East of Weymouth

Coxswain  Andy Sargent

Mechanic  Wayne Belcher


NMOC requested Lifeboat assistance to evacuate a sick person from cruise ship anchored in Weymouth Bay.
The person was believed to have Meningitis.
The DLA authorised the launch of the ALB.
The ALB launched and proceeded to the vessel.
Once on scene the cruise ship had rigged their boarding pontoon on its starboard side
The ALB then evaluated the situation, rigged fenders, and came in starboard to the pontoon. Lifeboats bow towards the vessels stern.
A stern breast rope was attached.
It was then confirmed with ship board personnel that the casualty had a lifejacket and face mask on before being allowed onto the ships pontoon and stepping across on to the Lifeboat.
The ALB slipped the mooring rope and cleared the vessel, then made its way back to Weymouth Harbour.
Once alongside the casualty was taken ashore and handed over to the Ambulance service
The ALB was cleaned down, refuelled and made ready for service.