Newquay RNLI volunteers assist injured woman trapped on rocks

Lifeboats News Release

Both of Newquay’s RNLI lifeboats responded to assist an injured woman who had fallen on rocks and was trapped by the tide at Mawgan Porth on Friday (4 January). Working alongside Coastguard crews, the RNLI volunteers took the woman off the rocks to safety before she was airlifted to hospital.

Newquay inshore lifeboat at sea in fresh conditions

John Baldry

Newquay RNLI D class inshore lifeboat, which was involved in today’s rescue.

Newquay RNLI lifeboat crew were called-out at 2.37pm on Friday and launched both the charity’s inshore lifeboats, to assist the injured woman who was trapped on rocks at the northern edge of Mawgan Porth beach.

Four RNLI volunteers, including two paramedics from the lifeboat crew, went ashore in calm seas and light south-easterly winds on the D class inshore lifeboat to where the woman had fallen and was being helped by a member of Newquay Coastguard team.

Due to the position of the woman near cliffs at high tide, the crew of the Coastguard search & rescue helicopter asked the lifeboat crew to evacuate her to a more accessible location, so the RNLI volunteers moved her on a stretcher onto the lifeboat, which they then walked through chest-deep water around to the safety of the main beach at Mawgan Porth, from where the injured woman was airlifted by the helicopter crew to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

The lifeboat crew returned the scene to recover the woman's partner and the coastguard volunteer back to the main beach, before returning to Newquay Harbour around one hour after the initial alert.

RNLI deputy launching authority, Phil Morris said: ‘This was the first call of 2019 for Newquay lifeboat crew. Our RNLI volunteers were pleased to be able to help alongside the other emergency services and we send the woman our best wishes for a speedy recovery’.

Notes to editors

  • Please find attached, library picture of Newquay RNLI D class inshore lifeboat, which was involved in today’s rescue. Credit: John Baldry.

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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.

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