Looe RNLI volunteers assist a female fallen from the cliff path
As darkness fell yesterday afternoon, volunteers from Looe RNLI were requested to assist a female who had fallen from the cliff path to the west of Peak Rock, Polperro. Two volunteer crew went ashore to assist with casualty care
The casualty was taken down to Polperro harbour and handed into the care of the ambulance service.
Yesterday afternoon, Sunday 2 December 2018, a 999 call was received by Falmouth Coastguard control centre from a female who had fallen from the cliff path to the west of Peak Rock, Polperro. At 4.34 pm Looe RNLI volunteers launched both inshore lifeboats as darkness fell. In moderate seas, with south westerly force 4 winds and drizzle, the charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith headed west towards Polperro. Arriving on scene, two of our crew, who are casualty care trained, went ashore to assist the casualty.
With the receding tide both lifeboats were stood down and our two crew, already onshore, remained on scene to assist Looe and Polruan Coastguard teams take the casualty back down the cliff path to Polperro harbour, where she was handed into the care of the ambulance service. Coastguard teams then bought our crew members back to the lifeboat station by road.
Returning to station, both lifeboats were washed down, refuelled and made ready for service by 6.30 pm.
Back at the boathouse, volunteer helm Brian Bowdler recalled that 8 years ago to the day, 2 December 2010, was the first shout for the D Class Ollie Naismith.
Notes to editors
· Night time recovery of Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster
· Night time recovery of Looe RNLI’s D Class Ollie Naismith
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster
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