Info adapted from Bude Coastguard FB:
Bude Coastguard Rescue Team was paged at 12:31 yesterday to assist Boscastle Coastguard Team and paramedics from the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, following a report of a female casualty who had fallen 30ft from cliffs in Boscastle harbour.
The Cornwall Air Ambulance and Port Isaac Lifeboat were also tasked.
Officers from Devon & Cornwall Police were also making their way to the scene. As two Rescue Officers from the Bude team had already been maintaining a high visibility safety patrol in the Bude area at the time, they immediately diverted from the patrol and made their way to the incident, whilst the rest of the team followed in their own vehicles.
As Rescue Officers from Bude CRT arrived at the RV point on Boscastle harbour, they cleared members of the public from the cliff paths that surround the harbour, as a decision had since been made to scramble Rescue 924, the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter based at Newquay Airport, for a winch recovery of the casualty. Extrication from the harbour itself was deemed too risky, and with the rising tide there was no opportunity for the Cornwall Air Ambulance to land nearby.
Once the area surrounding the casualty was cleared, Rescue 924 arrived on scene, lowering the winch paramedic into the harbour to assess the situation prior to rescue.
Having decided that the casualty should immediately be recovered and transported to hospital, a stretcher was then lowered to the winch paramedic, and the personnel on scene then proceeded to place and package the casualty onto the stretcher.
Rescue 924 then returned to the scene, and – with members of the Boscastle team maintaining a “hi-line” to reduce the swing on the hoist cable – the winch paramedic and the casualty were recovered to the helicopter, which then made its way to Derriford Hospital.
Incredible work by all the teams involved – here is wishing the casualty well.