Lifeboat Rescues Diabetic Yachtsman

Lifeboat crew board the Bolin

The St Mary’s lifeboat was launched on Saturday evening following a request for assistance from a diabetic yachtsman suffering from hypothermia and seasickness.

RNLB The Whiteheads, under the command of coxswain Stuart Hitchins, was launched at 6.53pm to help the sailor on the yacht Bolin, which was about 7 miles east of Bar Point on St Mary’s.

The crew were alongside the yacht at 7.30pm and Richard Mills and Paul Smith jumped on-board to assess the lone sailor’s medical condition.

From Radio Scilly

RNLI Press Officer, Steve Watt describes the rescue of the Bolin

They then sailed the yacht back to St Mary’s escorted by the lifeboat and a large pod of dolphins.

An ambulance was waiting at the quay to take the casualty to St. Mary’s hospital.

This was the second shout for the volunteer crew within ten days, and both times were to rescue lone sailors off the Isles of Scilly.

You can see a video of the rescue at the RNLI website here.