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Looe RNLI provide casualty care for child fallen from Banjo Pier onto river bed

Lifeboats News Release

Whilst preparing for a Sunday afternoon concert at Looe Lifeboat Station, one of the station guides received reports of a child fallen from the Banjo Pier onto the river bed.

Making his way to the location of the fall, the Looe RNLI Lifeboat Station Guide called 999. At the same time, Looe Lifeboat Crew's pagers were activated by Falmouth Coastguard who were receiving multiple 999 calls. The RNLI volunteer crew were tasked with casualty care until first responders and paramedics arrived on scene. Looe inshore lifeboats were not launched due to the low tide and the incident occurring close to the boathouse.

Looe RNLI Lifeboat Crew responded to the pager alert and assisted Looe Coastguard with Devon and Cornwall Police to prepare safe landing areas on the beach and river bed for the air ambulance to land. The casualty was handed over into the care of Cornwall Air Ambulance paramedics and was transferred to hospital by the air ambulance.

All at Looe RNLI Lifeboat Station wish the casualty a speedy recovery.

Cornwall Air Ambulance landing in Looe river


Cornwall Air Ambulance landing in Looe river

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