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St Ives RNLI volunteer crew responds to cliff fall emergency call

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 27 July at 5.23pm a request was received from Falmouth Coastguard to assist with the rescue of a young man who had fallen from the cliffs on the west side of Mann’s Head, St Ives.

In force 5-6 west southwest winds, the inshore lifeboat, with George Deacon at the helm, and the all-weather lifeboat, helmed by Robert Cocking, attended the scene of the rescue. Both lifeboats stood by as the coastguard rescue team located, secured and treated the casualty. The 924 Search and Rescue helicopter from Newquay winched the casualty from the rocks and landed him to the waiting coastguard and paramedic team to transport him to hospital.

With the casualty safely recovered, both lifeboats were stood down at 6.15pm and returned to the station.

RNLI notes to editors

The enclosed photographs show:

  • Both lifeboats with lifeguards assisting Search and Rescue 912 to the recovery of the injured climber at Man's Head. Please credit RNLI/Alban Roinard.
  • Casualty recovered waiting for further help under the supervision of RNLI lifeguards, paramedics and coastguards. Please credit RNLI/Alban Roinard.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact one of the St Ives RNLI Lifeboat Press Officers:

  • Alban Roinard (first response/visual media) on 07814 541880
  • Phil Moyle (editor/spokesman) on 07886 475974



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