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Fisherman airlifted to hospital after suffering leg injury

The helicopter was struggling to lift the casualty due to poor weather conditions, so called for assistance. Credit: Penlee lifeboat

A fisherman from Cornwall was airlifted to hospital yesterday afternoon (February 4th) after needing urgent medical help on board a fishing boat, 40 miles south of Newlyn.

The Search and Rescue Helicopter from Newquay was sent just after 3pm to assist the man who had suffered a leg injury on a Newlyn Gill Netter.

Once it located the vessel, the helicopter struggled to lift the casualty due to poor weather conditions.

It called the RNLI for assistance.

The all-weather lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen' was launched from Penlee Lifeboat Station in Newlyn just before 5pm.

The ‘Ivan Ellen’ was stood down and returned to station at 7.30pm. Credit: Penlee Lifeboat

An hour later the helicopter crew decided to try again, this time they succeeded.

They lifted the fisherman and transferred him to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske.

The ‘Ivan Ellen’ was stood down and returned to the Penlee station at 7.30pm.

The man was then transferred to Derriford hospital in Plymouth for further treatment where he now remains.

At 4.55pm this afternoon the all-weather lifeboat ‘Ivan Ellen’ launched on service after receiving a tasking request from the Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre.

A fisherman on a Newlyn Gill Netter 40 miles south of Newlyn had suffered a leg injury and needed urgent hospital treatment.

The Search and Rescue Helicopter was on scene but due to the weather conditions it was struggling to lift the injured fisherman safely from the fishing vessel so asked for assistance.

An hour later the helicopter crew decided to try again, thankfully this time they succeeded and lifted the fisherman into the helicopter and transferred him to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske.

The ‘Ivan Ellen’, which was now 27 miles south-south-west of Newlyn, was stood down and returned to station arriving at 7.30pm

Our thoughts are with the injured fisherman and we all wish him well.

Weather - WNW 5-6 mod sea 2 m swell.

– Penlee Lifeboat Statement