Medical evacuation of person with broken ankle on shoreline

Date: Tuesday 27 July 2021

Location: Penarrow Point, Carrick Roads

Weather: W 4, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Clear Sky

Inshore lifeboat: (Proceeded 17:24 / Returned 18:45) – Jamie Connolly (Helmsman), Adam West, Andy Edwards, Cadan Harris


At 17:19 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist in the evacuation of a member of the public who had slipped on the rocky shoreline near Penarrow Point. The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team were already on scene and had requested assistance to move the casualty.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from its slipway at 17:24 and headed up the Carrick Roads arriving on scene to the south of Penarrow Point at 17:35. The Coastguard Team had already provided initial casualty care so the injured person was placed on a stretcher and was transferred to the Inshore Lifeboat, before being taken Mylor Harbour where they were safely landed at 18:35, the Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered on to its slipway at 18:45 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 18:55.

The casualty had slipped while walking on the rocks and had suffered a suspected broken ankle. The Coastguard Rescue Team had initially been called to carryout the evacuation but with the only access along the rocky shoreline and the casualty in severe pain it was decided that the Inshore Lifeboat provided the best extraction method. Once at Mylor the casualty was transported to hospital in the family’s private vehicle.

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