A SAILOR was evacuated from a yacht after falling ill yesterday (Friday) evening.

Volunteer crewman from the RNLI’s Barrow lifeboat station launched their inshore lifeboat at 8pm at the request of Liverpool Coastguard.

The yacht's skipper reported one of his crew, a 70-year-old male, was suffering from a medical condition thought to be acute seasickness.

The 34ft boat, named Ziba, was travelling from Kirkudbright in Scotland to Liverpool with four crew aboard. 

A RNLI spokesperson said: "The yacht had diverted from her course and sailed into the calmer seas around Roa Island where it was moored by the crew to await the arrival of the lifeboat.

"The crew of Dave Kell, Phil Taylor and Adam Cleasby were soon with the vessel and the casualty was recovered aboard the lifeboat and transferred to the lifeboat station where he was examined by an awaiting ambulance crew, but later released."