Medical evacuation from French Trawler Yannick

Thursday 18 August 2016

Location: 11 miles ENE of Zone Point

Weather: N 1, Calm Sea and No Swell, Poor Visibility, Overcast with Mist

All-weather lifeboat (Launched 09:24 / Returned 11:00) Luke Wills (2nd Coxswain), John Blakeston, Dave Nicoll, Sandy Procter, Tom Telford, Jamie Connoly, Jamie Wakefield


At 09:14 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All Weather Lifeboat be launched to evacuate an injured fisherman from the 23m French Trawler Yannick which was 11 miles ENE of Zone Point. The fisherman had suffered an open fracture of the lower arm.

The All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 09:24 and having rounded Zone Point set a course to rendezvous with the trawler which was steaming towards Falmouth. The Lifeboat arrived on scene with the trawler in a position 6½ miles East of Zone Point and two lifeboat crew who are trained in casualty care were transferred to the vessel to assess the casualties condition. Once the arm had been bandaged and immobilised the casualty was placed in a stretcher for the transfer to the lifeboat. The casualty was on board the lifeboat by 10:16 and it then headed back to Falmouth where Paramedics and an Ambulance were waiting. The lifeboat arrived at its pontoon berth at 11:00, the casualty being handed into the care of the paramedics.

Once the casualty was ashore all the equipment was recovered and stowed, the All Weather Lifeboat being ready for service by 11:20.

The fisherman’s arm had been broken when it had been hit by a rope from the winch. No one on board the trawler spoke any English so the skills of one of the lifeboat crew who had recently completed a French course proved very useful.