RNLI Sennen Cove Lifeboats rescue three casualties in the water.

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 20 March at 10.00 am, Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station received a request for assistance from HM Coastguard Falmouth, following reports of three casualties in the water off Porthchapel, near Porthcurno.

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Both lifeboats, the D class inshore lifeboat Amy Brown (ILB) with 3 crew on board, helmed by Nick Hitchens, and the all weather Tamar class lifeboat City of London III (ALB) with 6 crew on board, skippered by Second Coxswain, Dan Shannon, launched within five minutes of the crew’s pager alert and made all speed to Porthchapel.

On arrival, they found three persons in the water. They were out from the shore and unable to get back in. Two of the casualties were supporting the third who was in danger of drowning. Time was of the essence, since the water was cold, and the ILB crew got them out of the water as quickly as possible, and transferred them to the ALB.

In the meantime, it transpired that a young lady had fallen down the cliff path, and sustained head injuries. Luckily, the Land's End Cliff Rescue Team and the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter 924 had also been tasked to the scene, and so the lifeboat crews could safely leave her in their care, and were able to return to the station.

The three casualties were taken into the station. They were examined by the Land Ambulance paramedics, who were waiting for them. The paramedics were satisfied that the three casualties were well and did not need to be taken to hospital. By 11.30 am both lifeboats were recovered.

The Second Coxswain, Dan Shannon said that the crews had acted quickly and efficiently. " We are very pleased with the good outcome. At least one life saved, if not three."

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For more information please telephone Brian Simpson, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01736 871631, or 07762 057127 or bsennen@btinternet.com, or Tim Stevens, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07971518403 or tim.stevens63@gmail.com or Marianne Quinn, Regional Media Officer on 07786 668847 or Marianne_quinn@rnli.org.uk, or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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