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Crude oil worker rescued from tanker in gale force nine

A major sea rescue operation took place nine miles south of South Pembrokeshire last night when a crude oil worker began experiencing acute breathing difficulties whilst on board his tanker.

Angle Lifeboat crew was alerted to the incident at around 9.45pm last night (Tuesday).

But as they headed toward the tanker, they had to contend with racing gale force nine winds.

“The vessel was a 274-metre crude oil tanker that was at anchor in a position approximately nine miles south of Linney Head,” commented a spokesperson for Angle Lifeboat.

“We launched shortly after our call into an average 4.5 metre swell and a south westerly force eight, that at times reached a nine.

“ Heavy rain also made our visibility poor and due to the nature of the incident and the terrible weather conditions, the Coastguard Rescue helicopter 924 from Newquay in Cornwall was called to assist.”

As the lifeboat came to within a couple of miles of the tanker, an update from the ship confirmed that the casualty’s condition had now worsened.

“Fortunately by now, the helicopter’s paramedic was already on scene and in view of the current sea state, the lifeboat was subsequently stood down by the coast guard just after11 pm.”

It is understood that the oil crew worker was flown to hospital for further assessment and medical treatment.