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Lifeboats launch to evacuate monk with chest pains . . . .

At 16:55 on Wednesday 16 September, both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were launched after a report that one of the monks on Caldey Island was suffering from chest pains.

The lifeboats were at Caldey within six minutes and the all-weather lifeboat went alongside the jetty and dropped off a volunteer crew member along with a Paramedic. They were taken up to the Monastery, where they found the monk in his room.

After being monitored by the Paramedic, it was decided that the Air Ambulance which had been on standby, could be stood down as the casualty’s condition wasn’t life threatening. However, he still needed to be checked over in hospital to find the cause of his pain.

Once he felt comfortable enough, the monk was driven down to the jetty and taken aboard the lifeboat for the short trip back to the lifeboat station where he was met by the ambulance crew to be taken to hospital.

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