Bank Holiday call outs for Port Isaac RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

It was a busy half term for Port Isaac RNLI who were tasked to two incidents over the bank holiday period.

RNLI/Faye Archell

Port Isaac Lifeboat approaching shore to rescue dog from beach

On Saturday 29th May Port Isaac Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) Pride of Port Isaac (Goeth Porthusek) responded to reports of a dog over the cliff at Delabole Point. Boscastle Coastguard Rescue Team (BCRT) confirmed that the dog had survived the fall and was running around on a beach accessible only from the water.

Helm, Damien Bolton, with crew, George Cleave and Luke Tomlinson, made their way to Delabole Point and took the boat in through the small surf to drop George ashore. The dog was located and brought back to the boat.

The dog was brought back to Port Isaac Lifeboat Station where the volunteer crew were met by a very grateful owner who took the dog to the vets for a medical assessment. We have since been contacted by the owner to say that the dog has made a full recovery.

When visiting the coast with your dog please follow the RNLI guidance to keep your furry friend safe https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/coastal-walking/dog-walking

Then on Tuesday 1st June the ILB was tasked to Bossiney Cove to a 41 year old female who had fallen and dislocated her shoulder. The area has recently seen a large rockfall with further rocks posing a hazard. BCRT were again in attendance and confirmed that due to access to the cove and the type of injury sustained by the woman, a recovery by boat was the best option.

Once ashore the crew assessed the casualty using our casualty critical care techniques. The dislocation was stabilised using velcro straps and the woman was transferred by Helm Matthew Main and crew George Cleave, Ben Spicer and Luke Tomlinson to Boscastle Harbour where she was met by family and members of Boscastle Coastguard, she was then taken to hospital for treatment. We wish the casualty a speedy recovery.

Thank you to all who responded as part of this joint effort with the BCRT.

RNLI/Faye Archell

Crew member George Cleave approaching the dog on the beach

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