RAF Search and Rescue and EAAA join forces to treat and airlift patient


A man in his fifties has been airlifted to hospital this afternoon after the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) joined forces with the RAF Search and Rescue team from Wattisham in Suffolk to reach and treat a patient located off the North Norfolk coast.

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The RAF Search and Rescue helicopter had been out to the patient, who had become unwell on a boat located ten miles off the coast of Mundeseley, and Winchman Sgt Miles Sunley was left on board to treat the patient. Further expert medical intervention was required and the services of EAAA Dr Tom Moore and EAAA Critical Care Paramedic Gary Steward was called upon to assist.


Captain Flt Lt Jon Hill flew to Norwich International Airport to collect the air ambulance medical team who were joined on the flight by Co-Pilot Flt Lt Nick Cowen, Winch Operator Flt Ly Doug Larkham and Winchman Sgt Mark Scotland.


The team was flown to the scene before they were lowered on to the boat to treat the man. He was then flown to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, landing just after 2.30pm.


An EAAA spokesperson said: “This is a great example of how two highly skilled teams can work together for the good of the patient. On this occasion, the expert medical skills of our doctor and critical care paramedic were needed and the RAF Search and Rescue team was able to fly to the remote location and lower everyone down.


“The two teams worked extremely well together and gave this patient the best possible medical care available to him. We wish him well with his recovery.”


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