A diver was airlifted to hospital after being taken ill on the Farne Islands on Saturday afternoon.
The alarm was raised at 12.41pm by a dive inflatable RIB which reported a male diver was ‘in a bad way’ with chest pains at the Blue Caps, near Longstone Island.
Humber Coastguard immediately scrambled the RAF rescue helicopter but it had to divert to RAF Boulmer to refuel before attending the scene.
The operations manager at Seahouses lifeboat station, aware of the incident through the VHF radio, offered the services of the inshore lifeboat which could probably reach the casualty before the helicopter, and which carried medical equipment and oxygen. All RNLI Crews are trained to RNLI Medic Casualty Care level.
The lifeboat crew reached the scene as the helicopter arrived and were able to give assistance till the ill diver could be winched onto the aircraft and flown to hospital for treatment. The inshore lifeboat was then released and returned to station.