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Simon CullifordDeputy volunteer lifeboat press officer
Lifeboats News Release
Falmouth’s lifeboats were launched on Sunday to help a 46-year-old male angler who'd become unwell during a fishing trip on a locally based 33-foot charter fishing boat in Gerrans Bay.
The Atlantic 75 class inshore lifeboat Eve Pank launched at 10.25am and arrived on scene about 10 minutes later. The crew made an initial assessment of the angler who was found to be semi conscious and he was put on a stretcher. It was decided to transfer the casualty to the Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott which had arrived alongside the fishing boat. Falmouth lifeboat coxswain Mark Pollard said: ‘The conditions were good with a NW force two wind and a slight sea so the transfer of the casualty was straightforward.’ It was originally intended to take the man back to Falmouth where an ambulance had been arranged to take him to hospital. However, due to the condition of the angler, a decision was made to transfer him to a Seaking helicopter of 771 Squadron from Culdrose which was already airborne. The casualty was winched from the deck of the all-weather lifeboat in Falmouth Bay to the helicopter and taken to hospital. Notes to editors
The attached photographs show the casualty being transferred from the fishing boat to the all-weather lifeboat, and then winched by the helicopter. Please credit RNLI Video of this service is available here: http://www.rnlivideolibrary.org.uk/getvideo.aspx?vid=Zb6ELdlj
Download The casualty is transferred to the all-weather lifeboat
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