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RNLI volunteers help an injured passenger off a cruise ship

An 81-year-old man was brought ashore at Dartmouth after suffering an injury on board a cruise ship moored in the River Dart. The man was carefully taken ashore from the cruise ship Serenissima, which was in the river during the day on Wednesday.

Coastguard asked the RNLI Dart lifeboat to assist after the man sustained a broken hip after a fall on board. The fall had happened the previous evening. Lifeboat crew paramedic Haydn Glanvill helped an ambulance paramedic to transfer the casualty, who was brought down the steps at the side of the liner and taken on board the pilot boat alongside.

The Dart Harbour Authority pilot boat Lynx was used to transfer the casualty from the cruise ship to the Town Jetty where Coastguard and ambulance crew were waiting to transfer the patient to Torbay Hospital for further treatment.

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