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Salcombe RNLI help rescue injured fisherman

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday 29 September the RNLI Salcombe all-weather lifeboat (ALB) and it’s volunteer crew launched at the request of the Coastguard, responding to a MAYDAY call from a fishing vessel with a crew member who had sustained multiple injuries one mile south west of Start Point.

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The injured fisherman was taken to Derriford Hospital

Upon arrival at the scene two members of the volunteer crew, (one of whom was a doctor), transferred to the fishing vessel to assess the situation and were joined by a winchman/paramedic from the Coastguard helicopter.

After stabilizing the casualty, it was decided that due to the injuries sustained it would be best to transfer the casualty to the ALB for a safe winch directly to the helicopter and onward transfer to Derriford Hospital.

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