North Cornwall Beach Incidents Keep Crews Busy

Cornwall Air Ambulance and RNLI Lifeguards worked together on two incidents on North Cornwall beaches in the run up to the August Bank Holiday.

Cornwall Air Ambulance crews and RNLI Lifeguards helped a 10 year old boy who'd fallen from cliffs at Polzeath on Sunday 18th August.

Lifeguards were alerted after a member of the public saw a boy fall around 20 feet from the cliffs. After an initial assessment the lifeguards suspected he had broken his ankle.

A paramedic car arrived within 10 minutes and due to the height and nature of the fall, the Cornwall Air Ambulance was tasked.

The helicopter arrived just after 6pm and began to make a landing approach on the beach. Cornwall Air Ambulance paramedics continued the casualty care started by lifeguards, before the boy was strapped to an RNLI spinal board and airlifted to Treliske hospital.

The incident came at the end of a busy few days in the North Cornwall area.

At around 3pm on Thursday 15th August, RNLI lifeguards on Constantine beach provided casualty care to a 58 year old man who walked out of the sea holding his neck and bleeding heavily from the face after hitting the sand face first.

RNLI lifeguard Ed Hanwell checked him over, and concerned about his head and a possible spinal injury, Ed lowered him to the ground and put him on a spinal board.

The Cornwall Air Ambulance was tasked and on scene within 10 minutes, meanwhile the RNLI lifeguards maintained casualty care for the gentleman.

A landing area was cleared and the man was transported to Treliske hospital for further treatment.

Image credits: RNLI/Greg Spray