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A major rescue involving the Lee on the Solent Coastguard rescue helicopter is taking place in the Solent this afternoon. It is understood that the rescue helicopter has been requested to winch off a male from the Korea registered Glovis Comet.

A winchman was lowered on to the deck of the 55680 ton vessel. It is understood the crew member was prepared to be medically evacuated from the 32 meter container ship.
The man was successfully winched on to the rescue helicopter and was flown to the QA hospital in Portsmouth.

A spokeswoman for the MCA said, “The ship radioed for assistance using the marina radio informing us (UK Coastguard operation Centre at Fareham) that a member of the ship’s crew on board the cargo ship had been taken ill at about 1.15pm this afternoon. We have sent the coastguard rescue helicopter 104 to the scene who sent a winchman paramedic down to the man and it’s our intention to winch the man from the vessel to hospital for treatment.”

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