Having responded to their first call of the year on Saturday, Newquay's RNLI lifeboat volunteers were alerted by their pagers for a second time in 2022 on Sunday (16 January) and tasked to assist a woman who had suffered multiple injuries after falling from rocks at Holywell Bay.
The RNLI crew had just completed a routine exercise and were rehousing the lifeboats at Newquay Harbour when the call was received from UK Coastguard at 11.30am and due to the nature of the incident they responded in both of the charity's inshore lifeboats.
When the lifeboat crew arrived at the northern end of Holywell Bay, the 61-year-old local woman had been transferred across the rocks on a stretcher by members of Holywell Bay Surf Life Saving Club and Newquay Coastguard Rescue Team due to the incoming tide and was being assessed on the beach by a passing doctor who had been walking nearby when the accident happened. St Agnes Coastguard also provided support.
Three of the RNLI volunteers went ashore to assist, including two who are NHS paramedics and after taking charge of the woman's care and providing further assessment of her multiple injuries, the senior paramedic requested the attendance of the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter, which airlifted the injured woman to the regional major trauma centre at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
Newquay RNLI volunteer Deputy Launching Authority, Phil Morris, said: 'Today's shout was a great team effort by everyone involved and we send the lady our best wishes for a speedy recovery'.
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