On Saturday 8 February, Falmouth’s volunteer crew and relief Severn class lifeboat Volunteer Spirit were tasked to launch to reports of a person in need of medical attention aboard a tanker.

Image shows all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott reaching the tanker

Leaving the station berth at 2.10pm, the relief lifeboat reached the German 178 metre vessel Seaturbot at 2.30pm, approximately 6 miles from the harbour. The crew assisted the individual from the tanker and aboard the lifeboat and returned to the station in Force 7 conditions.

Once back at the lifeboat station, the casualty was transferred ashore to onward further medical attention.

In anticipation of Storm Ciara and the predicted rough weather in the coming days, the RNLI is urging people to stay safe near the coast as severe weather could make our seas and coastlines particularly dangerous.