Sailor's chest 'crush' injuries as Falmouth working boats collide during race (From This is The West Country)
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Sailor's chest 'crush' injuries as Falmouth working boats collide during race
3:50pm Monday 9th September 2013 in Cornwall
A sailor had to be taken to hospital with 'crush' injuries to his chest on Sunday after two Falmouth working boats racing in the Carrick Roads collided.
An RNLI spokesman said that the Falmouth Working Boat, Evelyn and the Victory collided almost at right angles leaving one of the crew of Evelyn with needing hospital treatment.
He said: "Falmouth’s RNLI volunteer inshore lifeboat was called by the coastguard to attend the incident. It launched at 2:41 pm and was at the scene by 2:52pm. On arrival it was found that the casualty had crush wounds to his chest, and was being attended to by members of the working boat’s crew.
"They were trained first aiders and very quickly stabilised the casualty and had him on oxygen.
"In very short time a first responder paramedic arrived on scene and checked over everything the working boat crew and the RNLI volunteers had done with the casualty. It was then decided that, because of the nature of his injuries, a stretcher was needed to get him ashore and to hospital as quickly as possible."
The inshore lifeboat was not carrying a stretcher so the call went out to launch the all weather lifeboat to bring one across the harbou, with it arriving seven minutes later.
The casualty was transferred into the stretcher, taken ashore to the waiting ambulance and on to the Royal Cornwall Hospital.
Tom Telford, one of the inshore lifeboat crew praised the crewmen of the Evelyn, saying: "If it had not been for the swift action of the well trained members of the working boat crew, stabilising the casualty and getting him on oxygen (which they were carrying) the outcome may have been different.
"The good work of the paramedics, the working boat crew and the RNLI volunteers all helped to get the casualty into safe hands as quickly as possible”.
Once the casualty was safely in the hands of the ambulance crew the lifeboats were stood down. They returned to station and after a wash down and refuel they were ready for action once again.
• The inshore lifeboat crew for this rescue were: Andy Jenkin (helmsman); Tom Telford and Nick Head.
• The all weather lifeboat volunteers were; Mark Pollard; John Blakeston; Claire Angove; Sam Hall; Nick Capper; Tom Bird and Josh Beardmore.
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