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Looe RNLI volunteers assist a female fallen from the cliff path

Lifeboats News Release

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

Night time recovery of Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II

RNLI/Ian Foster

Night time recovery of Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II

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.

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Photos:

· 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

· For further information on Looe RNLI Lifeboats please visit our website www.looelifeboats.co.uk

· Looe RNLI Facebook page www.facebook.com/LooeRNLI

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For more information please telephone Ian Foster, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Looe Lifeboat Station, on 07902 753228 or looelpo@ianfoster.com or ian_foster@rnli.org.uk

or

Amy Caldwell, RNLI Regional Media Manager, on 07920 818807 or amy_caldwell@rnli.org.uk

or

Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on 07786 668847 or emma.haines@rnli.org.uk

Alternatively you can contact the RNLI Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789
Night time recovery of Looe RNLI’s D Class Ollie Naismith

RNLI/Ian Foster

Night time recovery of Looe RNLI’s D Class Ollie Naismith

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