Coastguards called after sailor stung by wasp

COASTGUARDS were called to a yacht in the River Orwell after a woman on board was stung by a wasp.

At 3.06pm on Monday the Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service (FVCPRS) were called to the 36ft Sloop ‘Capricho’.

The vessel, which was sailing off Freston, had five people on board and one of them had been stung by a wasp and was suffering from Anaphylactic Shock requiring urgent medical attention.

The FVCPRS Volunteer lifeboat was soon on scene and a crewman went on board to assess the casualty.

He found a 46-year-old woman having breathing difficulties and slipping into unconsciousness.


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The Coastguard were informed at 3.12pm that a ‘medivac’ and immediate medical treatment was necessary, so the casualty was transferred on board the Volunteer lifeboat.

The woman was taken at full speed and arrived at Ipswich Port at 3.35pm for attention by awaiting Paramedic and Ambulance.

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At 6.02pm the Harwich Lifeboat was called to the 37ft yacht ‘Hannah’ which was having difficulty sailing due to adverse weather conditions at the entrance to Harwich harbour.

The yacht, which had two persons on board, was towed into Shotley Point marina.

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