St Ives RNLI lifeboat crew launch to injured fisherman
At 7.17am on Sunday (21 October) St Ives volunteer lifeboat crew launched to help an injured fisherman on board a French vessel.
Requested by Falmouth Coastguard, the crew responded immediately. The St Ives volunteer crew launched the all weather lifeboat led by deputy 2nd coxswain, Robin Langford to the fishing boat which was located North West in the Bannshoal area, the tide was running but conditions were good.
Upon arrival at the 20m long French fishing boat, the crew assessed the situation. The casualty had accidentally wounded his wrist and although his fellow crew members had applied some first aid including bandages, the volunteer lifeboat crew quickly worked on taking him off the boat and bringing him aboard the all weather lifeboat.
Once the casualty was extracted the crew of the fishing vessel were able to proceed on and the volunteer lifeboat crew then left to make course back to the station. Meanwhile, volunteer crew members Ian Timms and David Holland Kemp provided further first aid support, monitored his condition and ensured that the casualty was comfortable for the journey back to St Ives.
On arrival back at St Ives lifeboat station, the crew were met by paramedics who took over the care of the casualty and although the injuries were not serious, the casualty was taken on to Penzance hospital for further assessment.
The volunteer crew then readied the all weather lifeboat once again for service..
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.