St Ives RNLI launches to evacuate casualty on a Sea Cadet vessel

Lifeboats News Release

The pagers went off at 6.27pm last night (Monday 13 May), and our volunteer crew responded launching the Shannon class all weather lifeboat to reports of a casualty that required extraction from a sail training vessel.

RNLI/Jonny Harvey

Sail training vessel that St Ives RNLI volunteers assisted

The volunteer crew made their way to the vessel, located 8 miles west, northwest of St Ives Head. On arrival, volunteer crew members Joel Ninnes and Daisy Jarvis boarded the ship in order to assess the situation with the reported casualty. After assessment the crew provided casualty care to ensure the child was stable. It was decided that the casualty needed to be taken onto the all weather Lifeboat and brought back to St Ives.

It was decided, due to weather conditions and the fact that the casualty was in a stable condition, that the crew would make their way back to St Ives bay escorting the sail training vessel. The sail training vessel could anchor and then the crew could transfer the casualty to the lifeboat. The volunteer crew then made their way back to the harbour.

On arrival the casualty was transferred from the lifeboat to awaiting paramedics for the appropriate assessment and onward care. The crew then readied the boat once again for service.

Notes to editors

- Photo 1 – Crew & vessel – Nick Phillips RNLI

- Photo 2 – Sea Cadets vessel – Jonny Harvey

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RNLI/Nick Phillips

Crew onboard the lifeboat with the sail training vessel in the background

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