Sennen Cove Lifeboat assists in cliff fall rescue

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 21 October at 3.50 pm, Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station received a request to launch the all-weather lifeboat following reports that a person had fallen down the cliffs at Nanjizal, and had sustained serious injuries.

The City of London III launched at 4.00 pm with a crew of five and quickly arrived on scene. The person had fallen onto rocks at the bottom of the cliff. Two relatives of the casualty and two paramedics were with the casualty to render assistance. The Land's End and Penzance Coastguard Cliff Rescue Teams were already on scene. A Coastguard helicopter also arrived to assist.

It soon became apparent that the lifeboat crew would be unable to evacuate the casualty, because the rough sea conditions would make such an operation extremely dangerous. The Coastguard Team and the helicopter crew decided that the safest way would be to airlift them to the top of the cliff, and then take the casualty to Treliske hospital.

The lifeboat remained standing by while the airlift was carried out, in case of any further emergency. When all was safely accomplished, the lifeboat crew were stood down, and returned to station. The lifeboat was recovered safely up the short slip at 5.20 pm.

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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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