Medical evacuation of person with ankle injury

Date: Wednesday 26 August 2020

Location: Pennance Point

Weather: W 4, Slight Sea and Swell, Excellent Visibility, Partly Cloudy

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 13:05/ Returned 14:45) – Jamie Wakefield (Helmsman), Tamara Brookes, Jack Williams, Lloyd Barron


At 12:59 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist in the medical evacuation of a casualty with an ankle injury at Pennance Point. The Falmouth and Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Teams and Paramedics were also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 13:05 and having rounded Pendennis Point headed across the bay arriving on scene at Pennance Point at 13:14. Two casualty care trained crew members were placed on the rocks to assess and treat the casualty. As access to the scene was difficult it was decided to evacuate the casualty using the Inshore Lifeboat. The Inshore Lifeboat proceeded to Swanpool Beach where it collected a paramedic and stretcher and transferred them to the scene. Once the casualty had been given pain relief they were placed in a stretcher and transferred to the Inshore Lifeboat, accompanied by the Paramedic and three members of the Coastguard Team. They were taken to Swanpool Beach where the casualty and emergency personnel were landed safely, the Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to its station at 14:31.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 14:45 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 15:22.

The casualty had been exploring the gulley’s and rocks around the headland when they had fallen from a cliff and injured their ankle. Access to the location was very restricted so it was decided the best option was to evacuate the casualty using the Inshore Lifeboat. This was an excellent example of the various emergency services working together to achieve a successful outcome.

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