Medical evacuation from the French Fishing Vessel Mor Breiz

Sunday 16 October 2016

Location: Off St Anthony Lighthouse

Weather: SSE 6-8, Rough Sea and Moderate Swell, Good Visibility, Overcast

All-weather lifeboat (Launched 00:40 / Returned 01:22) – John Blakeston (Coxswain), Dave Nicoll, Tom Bird, Sandy Procter, Jake Ingleby, Jamie Wakefield, Adrian Hingston


At 00:30 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All Weather Lifeboat be launched to assist in the evacuation of an injured fisherman from the 22m French Fishing Vessel Mor Breiz. The crewman had suffered an injury to his foot while fishing 40 miles Southeast of Falmouth and had been advised to head to the port to land the casualty. When the boat was approaching Falmouth they had confirmed that they were unfamiliar with the port so due to the weather conditions it was decided to launch the lifeboat to assist.

The All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 00:40 and located the fishing vessel off the Docks Basin at 00:48. Two lifeboat training in casualty care were transferred to the vessel to assess the casualty’s condition. The injured fisherman was in considerable pain so Entonox was administered before he was transferred to the lifeboat at 01:12 and was taken back to the lifeboat station where he was handed over to a waiting ambulance. The Mor Breiz followed the lifeboat into the inner harbour and moored up on the pontoons at County Wharf.

The All Weather Lifeboat was back alongside its pontoon berth at 01:22, where the lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service by 01:40.

The fisherman had been injured while the vessel was trawling and had suffered a number of broken toes.