Yacht requiring medical assistance
Friday 2 October 2015
Location: 1 mile South of Dodman Point
Weather: NE 4, Slight Sea and Moderate Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny
All-weather lifeboat (Launched 10:37 / Returned 15:02) – Carl Beardmore (Coxswain), Dave Nicoll, Tom Bird, Diane Bush, Andy Jenkin, Jonathan Hackwell, Claire Angove, Neil Capper
At 10:30 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All Weather Lifeboat be launched to locate and assist an 11m Yacht whose skipper had reported that both him and his crew were injured and required assistance.
The All Weather Lifeboat which left its pontoon berth at 10:37 and having rounded Zone Point headed up to the east arriving on scene off the Dodman at 11:12. Two lifeboat crewmembers were put on board the yacht, to assess the casualties’ condition and to take control of the yacht. Medical equipment and a third crewmember were then transferred, before the yacht was taken in tow at 12:02.
Once the yacht was clear of the Dodman a mobile phone was used to allow the condition of the two casualties to be discussed with a doctor ashore who confirmed that they could remain on the yacht until it arrived in Falmouth. The yacht was taken to the Port Pendennis Marina where it was safely berthed at 14:10, so that the Ambulance Paramedics could go on board to assess the casualties, one of whom required additional pain relief before he could be transferred off the boat. The yacht was then placed on a mooring in the harbour before the lifeboat was released to return to its station at 14:55.
The All Weather Lifeboat was back alongside its pontoon berth at 15:02, with the lifeboat being refuelled and ready for service by 15:20.
The yacht had recently been purchased and was being moved from Eastbourne to Falmouth. Both the skipper and crewmember had suffered injuries due to the rough weather and had also become fatigued. The crewman was believed to have fractured a number of ribs and suffered severe bruising. Both were very thankful for the assistance they received.