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Fowey RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew rescue injured yachtsman

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday June 2 at 11.09am Fowey lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat to assist an injured crew member on a yacht racing to Fowey from Mevagissey.

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Fowey all-weather lifeboat on way to rescue

A pulley block had exploded on board the yacht, knocking the crew member over and causing injury to his leg. Two of the volunteer Fowey lifeboat crew members, Paul Gamble and Jan Philp, went on board the yacht to assess the casualty and due to the extent of the injury were unable to realign the broken bone. The lifeboat Cox, Jonathan Pritchard, decided that the safest course of action was to escort the vessel into Fowey and requested Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Ogg to arrange for ambulance and paramedics to be at the lifeboat pontoon. Cornwall air ambulance arrived as the lifeboat docked in Fowey with the casualty and the yacht. The air ambulance crew assessed the casualty and the life boat crew administered Entonox pain relief until the paramedics took over. When the ambulance arrived the casualty was stretchered off with the help of the coast guard team and taken to hospital in the ambulance.

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Lifeboat and emergency crews on Fowey lifeboat pontoon

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Ambulance outside Fowey lifeboat station

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