Assist in medical evacuation of injured person

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Location: Polwheveral Creek, Helford River

Weather: NE 2, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny Periods

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 16:43 / Returned 18:32) – Tom Telford (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Jamie Wakefield


At 16:36 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist in the in the evacuation of a person who had fallen down a bank on the edge of Polwheveral Creek in the Helford. Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team and Paramedics including the Air Ambulance had also been tasked.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 16:43 and having rounded Pendennis Point headed across the Falmouth Bay and into the Helford River arriving on scene in Polwheveral Creek at 16:54. As the situation became clearer the Coastguard Helicopter Rescue was also tasked to assist.

Initially it was considered that the best option was to transfer the casualty to the Inshore Lifeboat before winching them into the helicopter, but having lowered the winchman to the lifeboat it was decided due to the limited space available in the creek that the casualty should be moved by the lifeboat to a nearby quay where the helicopter safely winch up the casualty and its winchman.

Once the casualty was on board the helicopter on the way to Treliske Hospital the Inshore Lifeboat recovered its crew and medical equipment before being released to return to station at 17:58.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 18:32 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 19:00.

Despite everyone’s efforts it was later confirmed that sadly the casualty had later passed away due to his injuries, our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the casualty.