Man dies at RD&E hospital after being airlifted from a boat

PUBLISHED: 16:30 17 July 2015

HM Coastguard

HM Coastguard


Exmouth Coastguard helped out with the rescue of a man who had to be airlifted to hospital after collapsing at sea. He died later.

Emergency services responded on Monday evening after South West Ambulance Service received a report that a man was in a life-threatening condition on a boat off Beer. The man, who has been named locally as Robbie Driver, was airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E) by the coastguard helicopter. However, medics pronounced him dead later that evening.

Family have said that Mr Driver was skippering his lugger Puffin and died doing what he loved. Mr Driver was an honorary life-member of Beer Luggers, the sailing club and Beer Albion football club.

Two land crews were sent to Beer seafront.

Paramedics gave the man cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the boat.

This was continued as he was brought ashore.

Members from Exmouth coastguard were called to help the helicopter land.

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