Falmouth RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew assist an injured crewman

Lifeboats News Release

Falmouth’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott was launched last night (Friday 7 December) to carry out a medical evacuation from a Dutch registered container ship in Falmouth Bay.

Falmouth's Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott

RNLI/Simon Culliford

Falmouth's Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott

The 7,642 tonne ship was on passage from Bilbao to Liverpool when a crewman sustained injuries requiring medical attention after falling in rough seas. The vessel diverted to Falmouth and, on arriving in the bay, took a pilot on board.

The all-weather lifeboat launched at 9.08pm and arrived on scene at 9.28pm in good visibility with a force 7 to 8 westerly wind and moderate sea. The pilot positioned the ship to provide a lee for the lifeboat to come alongside. Once this was established, three lifeboat crew members were transferred to assess the casualty who had already been placed in a stretcher by the ship’s crew.

Deputy Second Coxswain Dave Nicoll said: ‘We managed to carry out a safe transfer of the injured crewman to the lifeboat. This was made easier by the assistance of the pilot on board the ship by giving us a lee.’

At 9.41pm the lifeboat with the casualty now safely on board, headed back to Falmouth Lifeboat Station where he was taken ashore with the help of members of the Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team who had also been tasked to assist. After being assessed by paramedics, he was taken by ambulance to Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske for further treatment.

Notes to editors

  • The lifeboat crew on this service were: Deputy Second Coxswain Dave Nicoll; Second Coxswain Luke Wills; Andy Jenkin; Tom Bird; Adrian Hingston; William Allen and Tamara Brookes.

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