Boy, 10, airlifted after fall from cliffs at Polzeath
A TEN YEAR-OLD boy was airlifted to hospital on Sunday evening after falling 20ft down cliffs at Polzeath.
RNLI lifeguards Jamie Rowlands and James Bradley were first on the scene after being alerted by a member of public who had witnessed the fall.
The lifeguards suspected he had broken his ankle and the Cornwall Air Ambulance landed on the beach and taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske.
The incident came at the end of a busy few days for the lifeguards patrolling the beaches in the Padstow and North Cornwall area. At around 3pm on Thursday, 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.
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RNLI lifeguard Ed Hanwell checked him over, at which point he became unsteady and confused. 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 on the scene within 10 minutes and the casualty was flown to hospital in Truro.
RNLI lifeguard manager Greg Spray and RNLI lifeguard supervisor Dan Hutton were at Constantine at the time of the incident and helped the lifeguard team by maintaining a patrol over the bathing area.
Greg Spray said: 'The RNLI lifeguards are trained to recognise and treat casualties with suspected spinal injuries. Due to the need to keep the casualty as still and stable as possible to prevent further injury, it requires a huge amount of teamwork.
"Clearing a landing place for the Cornwall Air Ambulance can also take some time and manpower. The lifeguards did a great job and working very well with the Cornwall Air Ambulance to ensure the gentleman got immediate treatment for his injuries.''
Back on Polzeath beach, on Friday, lifeguards assisted a 71 year old lady who had slipped and fallen on rocks at Atlantic Steps at the right hand side of the bay.The team treated the lady for the pain and carried her on a spinal board to a point accessible by the land ambulance that was on its way.
Two hours later, the same lifeguards rescued tow teenager body boarders Ben and Craig pulled the two teenage boys and a lady after they were swept out to sea by a rip current.
Chris Rowlands, RNLI lifeguard supervisor said: "Polzeath is a popular beach and the lifeguards on duty have been very busy with an array of incidents over the last few days. As well as the major first aids, they have helped reunite lost children with their parents, provided casualty care for minor first aids and rescued more people caught in rip currents.''