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Late night Launch for St Ives Lifeboat to injured male

Lifeboats News Release

It was a late night call out for St Ives Lifeboat as the pagers sounded at 11.02pm yesterday evening, Falmouth coastguard needed assistance from both our lifeboats as a report had been made of concern for a potentially injured casualty.

All weather lifeboat launching

RNLI/Niki Brooks

Rob Cocking, Coxswain launched the all weather lifeboat, and helm Barney Stevens launched the inshore lifeboat, and the crew got underway.

Both lifeboats began checking and searching along Porthminster beach, around the head at Porthminster Point and onwards, the crew located the casualty on the East side of Porthminster Point. St Ives Cliff rescue were also on scene.

The all weather lifeboat provided lighting and equipment, whilst the inshore lifeboat went straight to the casualty where both Barney Stevens and George Deacon performed a casualty care assessment. Helm, Barney Stevens provided casualty care and tended to injuries. Once the crew were comfortable that the casualty could be moved, the crew organised moving the casualty onto the lifeboat stretcher and into the inshore lifeboat. Meanwhile other crew members radioed ahead to ensure that an ambulance would be ready to receive the casualty on return to the lifeboat station.

With the casualty safely aboard the inshore lifeboat, the crew got underway and back to the lifeboat station. On arrival at the station, the casualty was safely extracted from the lifeboat and handed over to a waiting ambulance crew for further assessment and any required treatment.

The crews then recovered both the vessels, and readied them once again for service.

Inshore returning

RNLI/Niki Brooks

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