RNLI in windfarm rescue emergency

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THE two RNLI lifeboats in Skegness were involved in a dramatic sea rescue on Monday afternoon after an offshore windfarm worker suffered head injuries.

The Lincolnshire Poacher rushed to the Lynn offshore windfarm at 1.40pm after a worker onboard one of the nearby support vessels was injured.

An RNLI spokesman said: “It was a pretty bad head injury but he was capable of walking and he got onboard the boat okay.”

He was ferried towards the shore by the Poacher and then transfered to the inshore lifeboat before being taken to hospital for treatment.

Windfarm owner Centrica had not responded to a request for information about his condition by the time the Standard went to print.

While the Poacher was dealing with the windfarm emergency, the smaller inshore vessel was also busy on a call-out at Ingoldmells Point after beachgoers on an inflatable were swept 200 yards out to sea.

“The occupants didn’t seem concerned but were getting blown further out to sea and were happy for our assistance back to shore,” said the spokesperson. “The coastguards at Ingoldmells then explained to them how dangerous inflatables can be.”