Clovelly RNLI volunteer crew provide support in cliff rescue on Lundy

Lifeboats News Release

Clovelly lifeboat was tasked today by Falmouth coastguard to Lundy Island to assist Lundy Coastguards and the Coastguard Helicopter to extract a casualty.

Daughters wait for the return of their dad, Helm Neil Wonnacott

RNLI/Martel Fursdon

Waiting for daddy

The RNLI Clovelly lifeboat crew launched at 1.24pm and arrived to Shuttle Rock on the south west corner of the Island at 1.45pm. The conditions were good, force 2-3 with good visibility, helping the Atlantic 85 B Class lifeboat crew make good time.

A female climber had received a significant leg injury from a falling boulder and was stuck in a gulley about 100m down from the cliff but a good distance above the water. The crew were to support the Newquay Rescue 924 helicopter and Lundy Coastguards whilst the operation took place, in case they were required to assist. Low on fuel, the helicopter had to leave their paramedic on scene with the casualty whilst it refuelled at nearby Hartland Point. On return the casualty was successfully winched to the helicopter and taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

The lifeboat left the scene at 4.20pm and was safely recovered.

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The Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat back at the station.

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Safely back to the station.

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