21st August 2017. Watchkeepers from NCI Prawle Point teamed up with HM Coastguard and Salcombe RNLI lifeboat crew to rescue a boy with a large fish hook stuck in his leg.
The volunteer watchkeepers at NCI Prawle Point raised the alarm after receiving a report of an injured boy near Prawle Point, after a member of the public hurried the half mile from the secluded beach up to the Coastwatch station. NCI Prawle Point then reported the incident to Her Majesty’s Coastguard in Falmouth and continued to monitor the situation. The Prawle Point Coastguard Rescue Team were called and Salcombe RNLI sent the inshore lifeboat who then transferred the boy to the Redfern Health Centre in Salcombe.
Dave Dancox, Press Officer for Salcombe RNLI said: “A young lad was fishing off rocks at Elender Cove. He was concerned that the tide was coming in, jumped off the rocks onto the beach and caught a fish hook on his leg. With the minor injuries unit at South Hams Hospital about to close, we contacted Redfern Centre, who, despite being very busy, were prepared to treat him and the boy and his mum were driven to the centre by the RNLI when we arrived in Salcombe”. A spokesman for Prawle Point Coastguard said: "A big thank you to NCI Prawle Point and to Salcombe RNLI for your help.
Photograph courtesy of Prawle Point Coastguard.