Boxing Day callout for Falmouth RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew
Festive activities were halted briefly on Boxing Day for the crew of Falmouth’s Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat Eve Pank when they were paged to go to the assistance of a women who had fallen while walking on rocks at Carclase Point near St Just in Roseland.
The casualty had suffered a suspected broken leg and because of the location and difficulty of extracting her across rocks and the beach to an ambulance ½ mile away, the paramedics and members of Portscatho Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team in attendance decided that the best course of action was to evacuate the casualty by water.
The inshore lifeboat launched at 3.47pm with Neil Capper (helm), Elliot Holman and Tom Telford on board. They arrived on scene at 3.55pm and two crew members were placed ashore. The casualty was then transferred to the lifeboat on a stretcher and, accompanied by a paramedic, taken up the Carrick Roads to the King Harry Ferry slipway on the Roseland side where she was safely transferred to a waiting ambulance.
Falmouth RNLI Helm Neil Capper said: ‘Luckily conditions were good and the water was very flat which helped the casualty who must have been suffering a lot of discomfort because of the injury. Good team work between the paramedics, Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team and the lifeboat crew resulted in a smooth operation. This was also helped by the King Harry Ferry waiting until the casualty was in the ambulance and ready to be taken across the river and onward to hospital.’
The inshore lifeboat was released to return to station at 4.40pm where it was refuelled and ready for service by 5.15pm.
Notes to editors
- The photo shows Falmouth’s Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat Eve Pank on exercise in Falmouth Bay earlier in the year. Credit: RNLI/Simon Culliford
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