St Ives RNLI launch to injured woman on pleasure vessel

Lifeboats News Release

The pager sounded at 2.41pm and our crew responded quickly to a local vessel at the mouth of St Ives harbour, with reports of a casualty that needed evacuating.

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St Ives RNLI lifeboat crew arriving on scene

The volunteer crew led by senior helm George Deacon and helm Nick Phillips with Ian Timms and Jack Hill arrived on scene and immediately reviewed the situation. Crew member Jack Hill set about running through casualty care and it was apparent that the casualty had injured their back, it was decided that the casualty needed further assessment by the ambulance service. HM Coastguard also arrived on scene to offer support and expertise.

Whilst the crew awaited the paramedics, the casualty was provided with care and assistance. Once the paramedics arrived they also boarded the vessel, and they assessed the casualties current state and with the crew planned the best way to transfer from the vessel. It was decided that the casualty would be evacuated from the vessel onto the lifeboat and then back to the slipway. The crew working with the on scene paramedics carefully took the casualty on board and made their way back to the slipway. At this point the casualty was removed from the lifeboat and safely handed over to the ambulance service. The crew then readied the boat again for service.

Senior helm George Deacon said 'It was a succinct and well executed response with multi agency attendance. The crew performed extremely well, and all responders worked very effectively together'

Notes to editors

  • Photograph 1 – Crew arriving on scene – Niki Brooks

  • Photograph 2 – Crew aboard vessel with casualty – Niki Brooks

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St Ives RNLI crew with casualty vessel

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