Medical evacuation of injured person from rocks

Date: Thursday 26 November 2020

Location: Toll Point, Helford

Weather: NE 2, Slight Sea and Swell, Excellent Visibility, Partly Cloudy

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 10:57 / Returned 13:18) – Jamie Wakefield (Helmsman), Tamara Brookes, Cadan Harris, Lloyd Barron


At 10:48 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist in the medical evacuation of a person who had fallen on the rocks at Toll Point in the Helford. The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and Ambulance Paramedics were also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 10:57 and having rounded Pendennis Point headed across Falmouth Bay arriving at Toll Point at the entrance to the Helford Estuary at 11:12. Two casualty care trained lifeboat crew were put ashore to help assess and treat the casualty. Once the Coastguard Team and paramedics arrived on scene the casualty was given additional pain relief before being transferred to the Inshore Lifeboat on a stretcher. The casualty accompanied by a paramedic was taken to the beach at Durgan Village where they were transferred to a waiting ambulance at 12:55, the Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 13:18 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 14:05.

The casualty had slipped on the rocks at Toll Point and was believed to have suffered a dislocated shoulder. Access from the shore side to the rocks was limited and the nearest vehicle access for the ambulance was a considerable distance away, so the best option was to transfer the casualty by lifeboat.

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