Assistance in recovery of injured person

Friday 20 May 2016

Location: Near Greenbank Quay, Penryn River

Weather: N 1, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 03:14 / Returned 04:02) – Claire Angove (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Jamie Wakefield


At 03:07 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist the Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team in the recovery of an injured person who had fallen down the cliff upstream of the Greenbank Quay in the Penryn River. Ambulance Paramedics were also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 03:14. The casualty had fallen approx. 8 metres from the wall under the Greenbank Hotel onto the foreshore below. Once on scene the coastguards had deployed two rescue swimmers to reach and stabilise the casualty.  Once the Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene at 03:18 two lifeboat crew trained in casualty care were placed ashore to assist the Coastguard Team. The casualty was immobilised before being transferred on a stretcher to the Inshore Lifeboat for the short trip to Greenbank Quay where an ambulance was waiting. The casualty was handed over into the care of the paramedics before the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station at 03:52.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 04:02 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 04:20.

The casualty was believed to have suffered injuries to his neck, back and pelvis and was taken to Treliske Hospital where a trauma team was waiting his arrival.

Link to Coastguard Report