Padstow RNLI launch to a casualty bitten by a snake

Lifeboats News Release

Padstow’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew launched on Sunday evening (13 June) to reports of two people on the cliff in the Tregardock area, one of the casualities had been bitten by a snake and was unable to make their way back.

The second casualty had walked to the top of the cliff to raise the alarm. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched at 9.15pm and joined two Coastguard Cliff Rescue Teams searching the general area they were reported to be in. They were spotted by the Cliff Rescue team on rocks at the base of the cliff.

The volunteer crew launched the smaller Y-boat which could go in closer to the rocks in order to assess the situation. The casualty who had been bitten by the snake was in a stable condition and able to walk, however and due to the height of the cliffs, it was safer to take both casualties off the rocks in the Y-boat and transfer them back to the lifeboat station by the all weather lifeboat.

Once they were safely onboard the crew monitored the casualty’s condition which remained stable. They returned to the lifeboat station where a land ambulance was waiting to take over treatment. As a precaution he was transferred to Treliske hospital

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