Sennen Cove RNLI volunteers carry out the medical evacuation of sick yachtsman
On Thursday 27 July at 3.03pm, HM Coastguard Falmouth requested the immediate launch of Sennen Cove Lifeboat all weather lifeboat City of London III to assist a sailor who had been taken ill in a position just south of the Runnelstone.
The Yacht, with a husband and wife on board called Falmouth Coastguard stating that the gentleman had been taken ill, suffering from chest pains, and needed help.
The Sennen Cove all weather lifeboat City of London III launched at 3.10pm with five RNLI volunteer crew on board and made best speed in reasonably fine weather to the casualty’s last known position arriving on scene at 3.28pm.
Two RNLI volunteer crew were placed on board the yacht to assess the sick gentleman and provide casualty care. He was conscious but in pain and needed to be evacuated as soon as possible.
The best option was to transfer the casualty to the lifeboat and transport him to the nearest port, where he could be passed onto a waiting Ambulance.
The Gentleman and one of the volunteer lifeboat crew carrying out the casualty care were transferred onto the lifeboat leaving the other RNLI crew member to assist the casualty’s wife with the yacht.
In the meantime, Coxswain Ollie George requested that Penlee Lifeboat launch to take the yacht in tow back to Newlyn.
The lifeboat left the yacht at 3.45pm and made best speed for Newlyn, arriving at 4.05pm where the crew passed the casualty into the care of a waiting NHS ambulance crew for his transfer to hospital.
Sennen Cove’s Tamar class lifeboat left Newlyn at 4.25pm to collect their remaining volunteer crew member from the yacht, which was now under tow by the Penlee lifeboat, and returned to Sennen Cove arriving at 5.10pm.
The lifeboat was recovered and made ready for service by 5.40pm.
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