Southwold: Skipper airlifted to hospital after fishing boat injury

RNLI lifeboat

RNLI lifeboat - Credit: Archant © 2012

The skipper of a fishing boat had to be airlifted to hospital after trapping his arm and injuring his back while out at sea.

The Thames coastguard team received an emergency call from The Trade Winds, a fishing boat that was heading back to Southwold when the skipper hurt his arm and back in an accident involving part of the engine.

A coastguard spokesman said the Southwold RNLI lifeboat went to assist the man, along with the Offshore West Hinder, a vessel from a nearby wind farm.

The man was taken to Southwold by the RNLI crew where a paramedic and an air ambulance were on the shore.

The man was given first aid at the scene before being airlifted in a stable condition to James Paget Hospital.