At 9.44pm on Saturday 27 June 2015, the Joint Emergency Services Control Centre received a call advising that a man had fallen from Cows Horn, approximately 100ft, onto the rocks below.

A double crewed ambulance and a paramedic response car were immediately dispatched and arrived on scene at 9.52pm. The ambulance staff, along with several Police Officers, made contact with the casualty and following initial assessment and treatment requested assistance from the St. John Inshore Rescue Boat to transfer the casualty from the rocks to the ambulance.

An Incident Officer was dispatched and the St. John Inshore Rescue Boat was launched shortly after making visual contact with the casualty at 10.53pm. The casualty had been placed in a collar and onto one of the new scoop stretchers, recently purchased with a grant from The Association of Guernsey Charities, as a precaution for any spinal injury.

The casualty was then methodically carried over the rocks to the St. John Inshore Rescue Boat, a task made far easier thanks to lighting being provided by Guernsey Civil protection and the Sarnia (Guernsey Harbour work boat).

A paramedic then travelled on the St. John Inshore Rescue Boat with the casualty to the old Lifeboat Slipway where they were met by an ambulance and the casualty transferred to the Princess Elizabeth Hospital Emergency Department for further assessment.

A number of off duty personnel were called back to duty to ensure continuation of operational ambulance services.

The St. John Inshore Rescue Boats are manned entirely by volunteers and rely solely on financial support from local businesses and donations from the public.

Without this tremendous support the continuation of the St. John Inshore Rescue Boats would not be possible.


Posted: June 29, 2015