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Woman airlifted to hospital after falling on rocks

Woman airlifted to hospital after falling on rocks

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:41pm 23rd May 2018.

Photo: Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after falling on rocks and injuring her leg in Mousehole.

Coastguard teams and paramedics got the shout near to the Rockpool Cafe on Tuesday afternoon.

A stretcher was winched down from a rescue helicopter and the casualty was then flown to Treliske.

A Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team spokesperson posted on Facebook: "We were tasked at 14.50 yesterday the 22nd May, by Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre, to assist ambulance crew dealing with a lady who had fallen onto rocks adjacent to the Rockpool in Mousehole with a suspected broken leg.

"Arriving on scene and after locating the lady on the rocks, it was found that the ambulance was not on scene but was coming from Truro and was delayed.

"Dealing with the lady, members of the team assessed her condition and it was found that due to the severity of her fall on the slippery rocks that she had sustained a possible break to the neck of the femur.

"In extreme pain she was made more comfortable and a pelvic support placed into position to ease her situation.

"After receiving information from Falmouth coastguard that the ambulance had been diverted to another incident it was decided to request the attendance of the duty coastguard helicopter based at Newquay.

"Already airborne the helicopter rescue 924 was quickly on scene and firstly the paramedic/winchman was winched down close to the scene to further assess and treat with pain relief and a tension splint realign her leg.

"After winching down the helicopter stretcher to members of the team by hi-line transfer the lady was placed into it with also the assistance of paramedics from the ambulance that had now arrived.

"Following the delicate operation to place her in the stretcher both her and the paramedic/winchman were winched into the helicopter again assisted by team members again using the hi-line technique. Next stop the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, Treliske in Truro.

"This operation took place close to the Rockpool Cafe in Mousehole and we would like to thank the staff for their cooperation during this incident.

"Also members of the public wanting to view incidents involving rescue helicopters must keep a distance due to the severe down-wash of the rotor blades."

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