Medical Evacuation from boat

Date: Wednesday 30 May 2018

Location: Sailors Creek, Penryn River

Weather: S 1, Calm Sea and No Swell, Fair Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 15:03 / Returned 16:12) – Thomas Telford (Helmsman), Dave Nicoll, Dan Liley


At 14:54 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist in the evacuation of a person with a suspected broken leg from a boat moored in Sailors Creek off the Penryn River. An ambulance crew were already in attendance and the Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team was also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 15:03 and headed up the harbour and into the Penryn River. The boat was located in Sailors Creek at 15:09 where two lifeboat crew were placed ashore to assist the ambulance paramedics. It was decided that the best way to evacuate the casualty was using the Inshore Lifeboat and to transfer them to the Falmouth Boat Construction slipway at Little Falmouth where the Ambulance was located. The casualty was placed on the lifeboats stretcher and with the help of the Coastguard Team was transferred to the Inshore Lifeboat accompanied by a paramedic. The casualty was then taken half a mile downstream to the slipway where they were transferred back ashore and into the ambulance. At 16:01 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 16:12 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 16:52.

The access to Sailors Creek is very limited being either along the foreshore or across fields. This was a great example of multi-agency cooperation between all the emergency services to ensure the casualty was transferred in a way that minimised their discomfort.