Medical Evacuation from Yacht

Date: Friday 24 May 2019

Location: Falmouth Inner Harbour

Weather: NW 3, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Partly Cloudy

All weather lifeboat: (Launched 12:51 / Returned 13:15) – Jonathan Blakeston (Coxswain), Andy Jenkin, Elliot Holman, Jamie Wakefield, Tamara Brookes, Andy Edwards, Lloyd Barron


At 12:43 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All-Weather Lifeboat be launched to carry out the medical evacuation of a person on board a yacht in the Falmouth Inner Harbour.

The All-Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 12:51 and arrived on scene off the yacht haven at 12:55. Two lifeboat crew were placed on board the yacht to administer casualty care, access the situation and to decide on the best method of evacuation. Once this was completed additional crew assisted went on board the yacht to help with the transfer of the casualty to the All Weather Lifeboat, a process that was completed by 13:07, the lifeboat then heading back to its station where an ambulance was waiting.

The All-Weather Lifeboat was back alongside its pontoon berth at 13:15 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 13:30.

The female casualty had fallen from the yacht’s cockpit down the companionway into its salon sustaining a suspected spinal injury.