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St.Agnes RNLI Lifeboat launch to assist RNLI Lifeguards

Lifeboats News Release

The St.Agnes RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch following a request from the RNLI Lifeguards at Perranporth.

The Lifeboat was paged at 11.55am on 7 July 2019, to assist RNLI Lifeguards at Perranporth, who were in the process of rescuing a female from the sea.

The Lifeboat proceeded with Helm, Gavin Forehead and Crew, Paul Kimberley and Trev Garland, towards Perranporth main beach. The St.Agnes Coastguard Search and Rescue Team, along with the Cornwall Air Ambulance, also proceeded to the area.

On arrival, Lifeboat landed on Perranporth Beach and the Crew liaised with the team of RNLI Lifeguards and the Critical Care Paramedics, who had a Doctor with them. The Cornwall Air Ambulance, had landed on the beach, nearby. The St.Agnes Coastguard Team created a safe exclusion zone for the safety of the emergency services and the public on the beach.

As the Lifeboat Crew approached, they were briefed, by one of the Critical Care Paramedics, to say that the casualty was stable and they would be transporting her urgently to hospital to investigate the potential medical problem that had caused the casualty to become unwell, whilst she was undertaking an activity in the sea.

One of the Lifeboat Crew assisted the helicopter crew, along with the Lifeguards in carrying the patient and medical equipment to the awaiting helicopter.

The patient was taken by air to the Emergency Department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. Her current condition is not known, but not believed to be life threatening.

The Lifeboat Crew and Lifeguards had a short debrief, before the Lifeguards returned to their beach duties and the Lifeboat returned towards it’s base station at Trevaunance Cove.

The lifeboat was rehoused and ready for service at 1330 hours.

For further information and Safety Advice if you are considering Surfing at the coast, please see the RNLI Advise:

https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/surfing

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RNLI/Paul Kimberley

RNLI/Paul Kimberley

RNLI/Paul Kimberley

RNLI/Paul Kimberley

RNLI/Paul Kimberley

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 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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