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Byline: The Plymouth inshore lifeboat was in action yesterday evening (6 October) to incidents on both of our local rivers. With an initial callout to a medical evacuation from a yacht on the Tamar at 4.25pm to another incident on the River Yealm.
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Byline: The Plymouth inshore lifeboat was in action yesterday evening (6 October) to incidents on both of our local rivers. With an initial callout to a medical evacuation from a yacht on the Tamar at 4.25pm to another incident on the River Yealm.
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The RNLI Plymouth inshore lifeboat, Milllenium Forester and her volunteer crew were asked to respond to a report of a 9 year old boy who had fallen from rocks near Steer Point, in the River Yealm. The lifeboat made the best speed possible to the casualty as the young boy was unable to move in the water with a suspected broken leg and the tide rising fast around him. Coastguard teams from Yealm and Plymouth, paramedics and a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose were also making their way to the scene.

Once the lifeboat had arrived on scene, the boy was being supported in the water by his father, both were very cold and showing signs of hypothermia and the water levels were continuing to rise around the boys chest. It was decided that the priority was to get both of them out of the water as soon as possible due to the rising tide and a crewman from the inshore lifeboat entered the water to assist. Having immobilised the boys legs using fracture straps, the crewman carried the boy to a safe beach 40 metres away where coastguards and paramedics were able to gain access to the boy for further treatment. Chris Cook, one of the helmsman of the inshore lifeboat commented; 'We got there just in time, the tide was coming in fast around the boy who was clearly distressed by his ordeal and in a great deal of pain'.

With access to the beach proving difficult from the air, it was decided that the casualty would be carried out by stretcher to the waiting ambulance. This was a serious incident which happily ended with a successful outcome.

Once the boy was in the ambulance the inshore lifeboat returned to its station in Millbay Docks.

Notes to editors;
Barry Perrins. Plymouth Lifeboat volunteer press officer: 07790033796 barryperrins@yahoo.com
RNLI Public Relations: 01202 336789 or pressoffice@rnli.org.uk