French yachtsman rescued in Dartmouth after suffering seizure
A FRENCH yachtsman needed medical attention after suffering a seizure two and a half hours away from Dartmouth.
The man was on board the 11.6metre Grat yacht when he suffered the medical episode and complained of a swollen jaw.
The five-crew French registered boat called out for help and Brixham coastguards directed them to the nearest port at Dartmouth.
A spokeswoman for the the coastguards said: "Berry Head coastguards were tasked to assist the ambulance crew at Kingswear in getting the casualty off the yacht.
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"The yachtsman had been ill for several hours and needed medical assistance. We directed the yacht to Dartmouth which was the nearest port. The man was then taken to Torbay Hospital for further treatment."
The coastguard spokesman said Brixham Coastguards also acted as liaison between the yacht and a doctor while the vessel made its way to land.
The call for help came 7.37pm on Sunday August 25 and the ill yachtsman was taken off into an ambulance by 9pm.