Falmouth’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats were both tasked to launch on separate occasions on Friday 18 September.

Firstly, at 3.50pm, the all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott launched to the aid of a sailor who had broken their arm aboard a yacht. Making their way to the Helford River, the volunteer crew found the yacht on a mooring and two crew members trained in casualty care were put aboard to assess the casualty. Having placed the arm in a supportive splint, they transferred the casualty to the lifeboat and back to Falmouth where they could then go on to receive treatment at hospital.

The inshore lifeboat Robina Nixon Chard was tasked to launch later that day alongside Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and the Coastguard Helicopter, following reports of swimmers in difficulty in heavy swells off Gyllyngvase Beach. Launching at 7.09pm, the inshore lifeboat and crew made their way to the area and began an initial search. The Coastguard confirmed that those in difficulty had been helped ashore, and the crew were stood down to return to the station. Instead of being winched up the boathouse slipway, the lifeboat was kept afloat until the Coastguard Team confirmed that a missing surfer had been located onshore, at which time the lifeboat was recovered and made ready for service.Screen Shot 2020 09 18 at 21.34.35

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Notes to editors

  • If you see someone who might be in trouble in the water or cut off by the tide, calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard is vital.
  • We rely on donations to continue saving lives at sea – any donation to our JustGiving page will help support the running costs of stations in the South West including lifeboats based in Falmouth and their volunteer crew. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/falmouthlifesaversfund