Crewman dies after collapsing on trawler

RESCUE DRAMA: Aztec entering Douglas after one of their crew had been taken off sick

RESCUE DRAMA: Aztec entering Douglas after one of their crew had been taken off sick

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A CREWMAN on board a trawler collapsed on deck with chest pains and subsequently died on the way to hospital.

Douglas lifeboat was launched at noon on Tuesday to help the 16-metre trawler Aztec which was 10 miles off the coast.

One of the five crew on board, a 45-year-old man, was suffering with chest pains and collapsed on the deck. The skipper of the vessel called the coastguard who immediately requested the launch of the lifeboat and an RAF rescue helicopter.

The lifeboat arrived just as the helicopter was winching the casualty off the trawler.

The lifeboat escorted the Aztec to Douglas where the vessel was berthed at the Victoria Pier.

Registered at Ballantrae, Scotland, the Aztec had left Kirkcudbright for the fishing grounds.

Douglas lifeboat station operations manager Mary Corran rang the Fisherman’s Association for them to give help to the crew who were traumatised after the incident.

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