Falmouth Lifeboat surpasses number of call-outs from 2022

By Max Goodman

31st Aug 2023 | Local News

The team has had a busy year. (Image: Falmouth Lifeboat)
The team has had a busy year. (Image: Falmouth Lifeboat)

Falmouth Lifeboat has already exceeded the number of services from 2022, with four months still remaining in 2023.

Their all-weather lifeboat has been called out 25 times while the inshore lifeboat has already been called at 66 times.

They surpassed the numbers recorded in 2022 when the team was called out twice yesterday (Tuesday 30 August).

Falmouth Lifeboat shares their callouts on social media to educate the public on the dangers of the sea and to highlight the work done by volunteers.

Here is what they had to say: "Our volunteer inshore lifeboat crew were assembling ready to go afloat on exercise, when at 7.00 pm, they were paged by Falmouth Coastguard following a 999 call for urgent medical assistance to a 34-year-old female with severe chest pains, on an isolated beach east of East Portholland.

"The station's B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Robina Nixon Chard' launched within five minutes with four crew on board, including the station's Lifeboat Medical Advisor, Rachael Wilson, arriving on scene at 7.33 pm.

"HM Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 924 from Newquay Airport, and Mevagissey Coastguard Rescue team had also been tasked to assist.

"On arrival at the location, it was found that the casualty had been transferred by dinghy to the nearby car park, where the casualty was now sat in the family car. The lifeboat dropped the doctor and another crew member ashore to administer casualty care.

"After being stabilised by the doctor, the casualty's partner drove the casualty and crew members three minutes up the hill to the awaiting helicopter, where once checked out by the Coastguard paramedic, the casualty was transferred to the helicopter for onward transport to hospital.

"Our crew were returned to the beach and to the lifeboat, which then returned to collect the remaining four members of the family, dropping them back at the car park."

The lifeboat was released by the Coastguard and returned to the lifeboat station at 9.24 p.m., closing down and ready for service at 9.50 pm. However the team was then called out for a second time.

Falmouth Lifeboat said: "At 10.56 pm, shortly after the crew had returned home, the pagers sounded once again after a radio call was received by the Coastguard advising that a 34ft yacht had run aground in the Percuil River, St Mawes.

"The inshore lifeboat launched at 11.08 pm, arriving on scene at 11.23 pm. As the tide was only one hour off low tide, the lifeboat was unable to get fully alongside or to refloat the yacht.

"In discussion with the casualty and noting that the yacht had not been damaged, the lifeboat crew advised that the occupants were happy to stay aboard and refloat the vessel on the incoming tide.

"The lifeboat was therefore released, returning to the station by midnight, closing down once again at 12.15 am, allowing the crew to get some well-deserved rest."

You can get regular updates from the team here: Facebook

     

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