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Dungeness RNLI lifeboat responds to fishermans may-day call

Early on Wednesday 3 December 2008, a lone fisherman made a 'may-day' call to authorities after his hand was caught in his boat's winch, 5 miles southwest of Dungeness point.

The Dungeness RNLI lifeboat arrived on scene to find the casualty had managed to free his hand but had serious injuries to his arm.

Coxswain Stuart Adams put four of his crew on vessel with stretcher to administer first aid and transfer casualty to the RNLI lifeboat. On returning to the Dungeness lifeboat station due to the tide being out, the Coxswain called for the assistance of RNLI tractor at the boathouse to go out into the sea and rendezvous with RNLI lifeboat to transport the casualty to the waiting ambulance on shore.

Casualty was taken to the William Harvey Hospital.