A female first officer of the Trinity House ship Galatea had to be rushed ashore at Penarth this morning after sustaining a serious leg injury.
The Galatea was working about a mile off-shore from Penarth on the servicing the Mid Cardiff buoy when the accident happened .
The injured officer – whom PDN readers recognised as the First Officer of the ship (see below) – had received emergency first aid on board Galatea before a tender – with a medically-trained officer on board – brought her to Penarth, landing at the water-taxi berth near the Custom House restaurant.
The patient was administered Entonox -a gas and air mixture – to quell the pain before paramedics placed her injured ankle in a special brace and transferred her by gurney to a waiting ambulance.
The officer was taken to the Accident and Emergency Unit at the Cardiff and Vale University Hospital at the Heath in Cardiff . Whilst the medical emergency was being dealt with landing stage was kept clear. Passengers waiting to board the Island Ferry Westward Ho for an excursion to Flatholm were not admitted to the landing stage until the medical emergency had been cleared.
About twenty passengers boarded the Westward Ho for this morning’s voyage from Penarth to Flatholm.