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Lizard RNLI Launched to Assist Seriously Injured Fisherman

Lifeboats News Release

Our crew were paged at 1.06pm to go to the immediate assistance of a seriously injured crew member on board a French fishing vessel in a position of 6.8 nautical miles South East of Lizard Point.

RNLI/The Lizard

Arrival on scene
From the sounding of the pagers RNLB Rose had launched within 10 minutes and under the command of Second Coxswain Darren Thirlaway quickly proceeded to the scene. Coastguard helicopter 924 was also tasked. Upon the lifeboat’s arrival, two casualty care trained lifeboat crew members were transferred on to the fishing vessel to give immediate first aid.

A short time later the Coastguard helicopter arrived and a paramedic was also put aboard the vessel. The injured crew member needed to be transferred as soon as was possible and a further two more lifeboat crew went aboard the vessel to assist with the casualty transfer. Due to the severity of the injury it was quickly ascertained that the fastest way of seeking further medical assistance was to airlift the casualty as soon as possible.

Once stabilised the casualty was transferred from the fishing vessel to the lifeboat where he was then airlifted with the paramedic to hospital.

RNLI/The Lizard

RNLI/Lyndsay Bray

Arriving back at the station

RNLI/Lyndsay Bray

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