RESCUE - "My son is only alive because of you".

You can see the video of the rescue below

Photo: Guardia Costiera/Twitter

Last resort Guardia Costiera. On a sailing yacht a boy (15) gets a sugar shock. Danger to life! Mission for the coast guard...

Theo's dramatic rescue in pictures
A coast guard rescuer ropes down onto the sailboat....
Screenshots: Guardia Costiera/Twitter

"You are the reason why Theo is still here"

It's been a few days since her son's rescue, but now the British mother has thanked the coastguard in Italy:

"I am the happy mother of Theo, a 15-year-old boy who has his whole life ahead of him, only thanks to your great team who saved him.

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...and brings the boy upstairs with him

The professionalism, training and timely efforts of your wonderful team are the only reason he is still here."

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The child seems unconscious

What happened. The British family is on a sailing trip in mid-August when their 15-year-old son Theo gets an insulin shock. His life is in danger: Theo needs medical help as soon as possible. The nearest coast, the island of Ponza in the Tyrrhenian Sea, is too far away.

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Arrived at the helicopter...
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...Further treatment in hospital

Severely low blood sugar can lead to fainting in people with diabetes. There is a risk of respiratory and circulatory failure.

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The rescue in video: The Coast Guard in Italy

Mission for the coast guard in Italy. The crew of the Nemo 11-07 helicopter is Theo's only chance. A boat would be too slow. A rescuer rappels down and takes the boy on board. On land, the child receives further successful treatment at the military airport, Latina.

A rescue with a happy ending.


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written by Pietro Perroni, first published on 2 September 2022

Cover photo: Collage - Guardia di Costiera/Twitter

Sources: Guardia di Costiera; Twitter