Medical Evacuation

Date: Tuesday 13 July 2021

Location: Penperth Creek, River Fal

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

Inshore lifeboat: (Proceeded 14:11 / Returned 15:53) – Jamie Wakefield (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Cadan Harris, Lloyd Barron


At 14:03 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to provide assistance in the medical evacuation of a person suffering breathing problems in a remote cottage at Penperth Creek off the River Fal. The Portscatho Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team and an Ambulance were also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from its slipway at 14:11 and headed up the Carrick Roads, arriving off Penperth Creek at 14:21. Two casualty care trained lifeboat crew were placed ashore to assess the casualty whose condition had improved. The casualty was transferred to the Inshore Lifeboat and was taken to the King Harry Ferry slipway where an ambulance was waiting. Having been checked over by the paramedics the casualty was assessed to not need any further treatment, so the Inshore Lifeboat returned the casualty to Penperth Creek, where they were safely landed at 15:33, the Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered on to its slipway at 15:53 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 16:25.

The casualty had been staying at a cottage at Penperth Creek which is nestled in a heavily wooded creek nearly a kilometre from the nearest road. The casualty had chocked on some food and needed urgent medical attention, so it was decided that the quickest means of extraction was using the Inshore Lifeboat. Luckily, the casualty’s condition had improved considerably by the time the lifeboat and was released after being checked over by the paramedics.

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