Fisherman taken to hospital with broken leg after rescue off Cornwall coast

A fisherman has been taken to hospital after an early morning incident off Cornwall.

Emergency services were called at 5.30am today after the fisherman suffered a broken lower leg on board a beam trawler 12 miles from St Ives.

The St Ives All Weather Lifeboat ‘Nora Stachura’ was launched and assisted the fisherman.

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Weather conditions did not allow the fisherman to be transferred to the lifeboat in the open sea. Instead, the boats were forced to take refuge in St Ives Bay before moving the injured man.

An RNLI spokesman in St Ives said: “Our all weather lifeboat arrived on scene and assessed the situation. Due to a heavy swell it was safer for the lifeboat to accompany the fishing boat to the shelter of St Ives Bay to safely transfer the victim to the lifeboat.

“The victim was examined by a doctor on board and brought ashore on the lifeboat to be transferred to hospital. The St Ives Cliff rescue team were also present.”

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