Medical evacuation from Passenger Vessel Moyana

Date: Sunday 18 June 2017

Location: Near Black Rock

Weather: S 2, Calm Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny

All weather lifeboat: (Proceeded 11:10 / Returned 11:46) – Dave Nicoll (Deputy 2nd Coxswain), Tom Bird, Diane Bush, Adam West, Jake Ingleby, Josh Williams, Will Allen

Inshore lifeboat: (Proceeded 11:10 / Returned 11:50) – Jonathan Hackwell (Helmsman), Thomas Telford, Jamie Connoly


Both Falmouth Lifeboats were afloat for the Classics Parade of Sail when at 11:10 Falmouth All Weather received a call from the passenger ferry Moyana reporting that they had a medical incident on board and required assistance.

The Inshore Lifeboat immediately proceeded and arrived alongside the ferry at 11:12, placing two casualty care trained crew members on board, the All Weather Lifeboat arriving on scene at 11:15. Initial assessment by the crew indicated a possible heart attack so the decision was made to evacuate the casualty using the Inshore Lifeboat. Two additional crew were transferred from the All Weather Lifeboat to assist and at 11:17 the  casualty was on board the Inshore Lifeboat and heading back to the station where an ambulance had been requested, arriving alongside the pontoon berth at 11:20. The All Weather Lifeboat checked with the ferry that there were no other people to come ashore and then at 11:32 headed back to its station.

The All Weather Lifeboat arrived back alongside its pontoon berth at 11:46, with the Inshore Lifeboat being recovered onto its slipway at 11:50 with both being refuelled and ready for service by 12:05.

The casualty was checked over by paramedics and it was confirmed that the collapse had been the result of severe case of heat stroke. The passenger ferry had been carrying the VIP’s for the sail past when one of them was taken ill. Wisely the skipper had immediately contacted the lifeboats which were nearby and thankfully the situation was not as serious as originally believed.