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Staff at Cornwall landmark help rescue operation

Staff at Cornwall landmark help rescue operation

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:05pm 25th August 2018.

A woman with a broken leg has been rescued after falling from the Causeway at St Michael's Mount thanks to the help of staff.

The injured woman was found in "dense and slippery seaweed" on Friday at around 11:15am.

Ambulance crews and Penzance Coastguard were called to the scene and found St Michael's Mount First Aid Team helping the casualty. 

They faced race against the incoming tide to move the woman to safety so enlisted the help of staff from the Mount.

Staff and emergency services formed two lines and a 'caterpillar' method was used to move the woman on a stretcher from the wet ground to an ambulance. 

Penzance Coastguard Rescue team said it was the best way to move her because of slippery seaweed on the rocks. 

"Arriving on scene we found that, initially St Michael’s Mount First Aid Team and then Ambulance crew were dealing with a lady with a broken leg, having fallen away from the Causeway and in very dense and slippery seaweed. 

"Paramedics treated her pain and stabilised her badly broken leg while we prepared our Stretcher to enable us to carry her to the awaiting Ambulance. This had to be done under a tight time-scale as the incoming tide would be closing the Causeway at 1220. 

"Once on our stretcher, ourselves and additional help from the Mount Staff and under supervision, a carry out using the Caterpillar method ensued. This method of transferring the stretcher along two lines of personnel was required because of the very slippery seaweed on the rocks."

Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team

The woman was treated for pain relief before being moved. She was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske. 

Penzance Coastguard thanked staff of St Michael’s Mount for their help and for controlling the movement of hundreds of visitors passing by the incident.

"A big thank you to the Staff of St Michael’s Mount for assisting us and also for controlling the movement of the hundreds of Visitors passing by the incident."

Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team

 

 

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