Port Isaac RNLI part of multi-agency response to Trebarwith casualty
Port Isaac Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was called to service at 17:32 on Thursday 11th June to reports of an injured casualty on rocks.
The Pride of Port Isaac (Goeth Porthusek) was launched with the casualty’s location being confirmed as an area known by locals as ‘the washing machine’ between Dennis Point and Trebarwith Strand. Winds were light NNE with a slight swell and chop to the sea.
Boscastle and Polzeath Coastguard teams were also in attendance along with South West Ambulance Service and Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter 924. The casualty had been located and although conscious had a suspected broken leg which made moving him problematic. Paramedics and Coastguard had managed to wade out to the casualty but the incoming tide meant that the lifeboat would be the safest option to extract all personnel.
Port Isaac RNLI senior helm Damien Bolton said “924 requested that Port Isaac RNLI start a medical evacuation (medivac) of the personnel with the injured man. We recovered the casualty’s wife and one member of the Coastguard and moved them to safety. Rescue 924 then lowered their winchman and a stretcher to recover the casualty. We then took the lifeboat back in and recovered the remaining personnel and took them to Trebarwith beach. There were no further injuries. The casualty was flown to Derriford Hospital”
Padstow Lifeboat also responded and stood by in case the weather deteriorated and further assistance was needed. Port Isaac RNLI would like to thank all involved in this multi-agency response and wish the casualty a speedy recovery.
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