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St Ives RNLI launch to fallen climber

Lifeboats News Release

It was a beautiful and busy day in St Ives, and locals and visitors were making the most of the weekend. Then at 12.32pm the pagers sounded, and the volunteer crew responded.

Both RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched at request of Falmouth Coastguard to reports of a climber who had fallen into the sea and required assistance at Commando Ridge.

Once the volunteer crew arrived on scene, they could see that the Helicopter Rescue 924 was already there along with St Ives and Penzance Cliff Rescue. They set to work putting two volunteer crew members ashore, the crew were able to assist the helicopter paramedic with extracting the casualty who we believed to have been in the water for a number of minutes and swallowed water - therefore requiring medical attention.

Once the casualty was successfully extracted and onboard the Helicopter Rescue 924 the casualty was then transferred to hospital and immediate attention.

Thankfully the weather and sea conditions were fair, however a slight swell for our inshore lifeboat to navigate.

The crew also had a discussion with three other climbers at the location who had found and reported the casualty and ensured that they were safe to continue or whether they need assistance - which they did not.

The crew then readied themselves and bought both boats back to St Ives and readied them for service.

Coxswain of our all-weather lifeboat, Robert Cocking and Senior Helm, George Deacon both commented after returning from service.

Robert Cocking said ‘The crew performed extremely well, and ensured all correct protocols and procedures were adhered to, we wish the climber a speedy recovery and would like to remind everyone out there that if you see anyone in trouble you must call 999 and ask for the coastguard'.

George Deacon, Senior Helm commented ‘When these reports come in you are still unsure exactly what you are going to find until you arrive on scene, I was able to get our inshore lifeboat up close so we could get two crew members on scene to assist with the medical extraction, this ensured that the casualty could get the required medical attention as quickly as possible".

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· Attached are photos and video of the incident. Please credit RNLI.

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Both St Ives RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched at request of Falmouth Coastguard to reports of a climber who had fallen into the sea and required assistance at Commando Ridge.

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St Ives RNLI launch to fallen climber
Both St Ives RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched at request of Falmouth Coastguard to reports of a climber who had fallen into the sea and required assistance at Commando Ridge.

RNLI/St Ives

St Ives RNLI launch to fallen climber

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