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Padstow’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew launched on Sunday evening, 13 June 2021 to reports of two people on the cliff in the Tregardock area, one of the casualities had been bitten by a snake and was unable to make their way back.

The second casualty had walked to the top of the cliff to raise the alarm. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched at 9.15pm and joined two Coastguard Cliff Rescue Teams searching the general area they were reported to be in. They were spotted by the Cliff Rescue team on rocks at the base of the cliff.

The volunteer crew launched the smaller Y-boat which could go in closer to the rocks in order to assess the situation. The casualty who had been bitten by the snake was in a stable condition and able to walk, but due to the height of the cliffs, it was safer to take both casualties off the rocks in the Y-boat and transfer them back to the lifeboat station by the all weather lifeboat.

Once they were safely onboard the crew monitored the casualty’s condition which remained stable. They returned to the lifeboat station where a land ambulance was waiting to take over treatment. As a precaution the casualty was transferred to Treliske hospital.

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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