Sunrise Shout for St Ives RNLI
It was an early call for the volunteer lifeboat crew this morning, with the pagers sounding at 7.19am. Falmouth Coastguard needed assistance from both our inshore and all weather lifeboats.
The volunteers quickly responded and Rob Cocking, Coxswain launched the all weather lifeboat, and Jake Martin, Helm launched the inshore lifeboat and headed out to Godrevy Point to assist with an ongoing situation with a casualty on a cliffside.
The crew quickly arrived on scene, and upon discussion with the coastguard their role in the ongoing incident with the casualty, was one of supporting the emergency responders, both the police and the ambulance service along with the cliff rescue team whilst they worked with the casualty, and mainly to ensure that they were able to respond immediately should anyone enter the water.
The crew were onscene for approximately 90 minutes, ready to respond within a second, and also able to provide critical information to the emergency services given they were afloat with a different visual perspective.
Thankfully the onscene police were able to recover the casualty from the cliffside, and were able to get them to safety and to the awaiting ambulance.
Once the crew had confirmation of this, they were stood down and were able to make their way back to the station and ready the boats once again for service.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.