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Big rescue operation launched on north Cornwall coast

Big rescue operation launched on north Cornwall coast

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:30am 12th June 2020. (Updated at 12:28pm 12th June 2020)

A big rescue operation has been launched to help an injured person on rocks on the north coast of Cornwall.

The casualty suffered a broken leg at Trebarwith Strand at around 5.30pm on Thursday afternoon.

A coastguard helicopter, rescue teams from Boscastle and Polzeath, paramedics and a lifeboat were all called to the scene.

The Pride of Port Isaac (Goeth Porthusek) was launched with the casualty’s location being confirmed as an area known by locals as ‘the washing machine’ between Dennis Point and Trebarwith Strand.

The casualty had been located and although conscious had a suspected broken leg which made moving him problematic.

Paramedics and coastguard teams made their way to the casualty, who was becoming cut off by the tide in the bay.

Teams brought them back to safety and they were then airlifted to Derriford hospital.

"924 requested that Port Isaac RNLI start a medical evacuation (medivac) of the personnel with the injured man.

"We recovered the casualty’s wife and one member of the Coastguard and moved them to safety.

"Rescue 924 then lowered their winchman and a stretcher to recover the casualty.

"We then took the lifeboat back in and recovered the remaining personnel and took them to Trebarwith beach. There were no further injuries.

"The casualty was flown to Derriford Hospital."

Port Isaac RNLI senior helm, Damien Bolton

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Padstow Lifeboat also responded and stood by in case the weather deteriorated and further assistance was needed.

Port Isaac RNLI would like to thank all involved in this multi-agency response and wish the casualty a speedy recovery.

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