Cries for Help

Saturday 19th September 2015

Location: Pennance Point, Falmouth Bay

Weather: S 1, Calm Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 18:16 / Returned 20:20) – Jonathan Hackwell (Helmsman), Josh Beardmore, Thomas Telford


At 18:10 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following reports of cries for help from the rocks at Pennance Point, near Swanpool. The Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team was also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 18:16 and having rounded Pendennis Point headed across the bay arriving on scene at 18:25. It was confirmed that the casualty who had been injured while jumping into the water had been taken back to Gyllyngvase Beach on a surf ski. The Inshore Lifeboat therefore headed to Gyllyngvase Beach where they located the casualty was located and two lifeboat crew trained in casualty care were landed ashore to assess the casualty’s condition. The casualty was reporting back and neck pains so an ambulance was requested and with the help of the coastguard team members she was immobilised to prevent any further injury. Once the ambulance arrived on scene the casualty was handed over to the paramedics who took her transferred her to hospital. The Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to station at 20:00.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 20:20 where it was refuelled and ready for service by 20:45.

The casualty had been exploring the rocks at Pennance Point when she slipped and fell. Initially she only reported suffering just bruising and cuts so a nearby Surf Ski had taken her back to Gyllyngvase but on arriving at the beach she had reported worsening symptoms indicating a potential spinal injury.