Fowey volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew provide casualty care for injured yachtsman

Lifeboats News Release

On August 8 at 8.34pm Fowey lifeboat station received a request to assist a man on a visiting yacht in Fowey harbour who had reportedly splashed his face and eyes with acid.

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Fowey volunteer lifeboat crew on a casualty care training session

The crew were paged to assemble at the lifeboat station and it was decided that a harbour patrol boat would be the fastest and most suitable way to get the casualty care crew to the man on the yacht. Three crew members, Malcolm Richardson, Jimmy Hoddinot and Kai A’lee, in full RNLI protective gear, were taken to the man’s yacht where they administered first aid.

Once the casualty was stabilised he was transferred to the lifeboat station where treatment continued. On being made aware of the accident two of the casualty’s family had immediately travelled to Fowey from Plymouth, by car, to offer assistance and support. At 10.20pm, with no indication of when an ambulance would arrive, the casualty's family decided to take him by car to A&E.

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