Climber rescued after falling into sea

St ives Lifeboat and the coastguard rescue helicopter at the scene on Saturday. Images: RNLI.

Sunday 14th July 2019 22:37 BST

Emergency services were called to Bosigran on Saturday after a climber fell into the sea.

The all-weather and inshore lifeboats from St Ives, along with Penzance and St Ives Coastguard Rescue Teams were scrambled at the request of Falmouth Coastguard at 12.28pm in response to a report that a rock climber had fallen from a cliff at Commando Cove.

On arrival crews found the climber had been helped out of the water by his climbing colleagues but was unable to climb back up the route.

A Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team spokesperson said: “Coastguard team members prepared themselves with rope rescue equipment, however due to the inaccessibility of the climber’s location and with medical injuries it was decided that the duty coastguard rescue helicopter Rescue 924 , previously tasked and proceeding with the purpose of conducting a winch rescue, was the best course of action.

“Soon on scene, a paramedic was winched down from the coastguard helicopter and with the casualty medically stabilised he was put in a stretcher, with the help of two St Ives Lifeboats crew who had been landed ashore to assist.

“After this, both casualty and winchman/paramedic were winched into the aircraft for the journey to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske.”

Coxswain of St Ives Lifeboat 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.”

St Ives Lifeboat senior helm George Deacon said: “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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