An afternoon of falls led to two callouts in the space of four hours for volunteer coastguards in Falmouth yesterday.

The first came in at 2pm, from a person with a leg injury between Rosemullion Head and Meudon Beach near Mawnan Smith.

Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team were called by the ambulance service for backup, but subsequently stood down en route as the casualty was able to get to safety with the help of a National Trust staff member from the Glendurgan Garden and North Helford Countryside team.

The caller was able to pinpoint their position using the 'what3words' app.

Less than four hours later the coastguard team was called again, just after 5.30pm, this time to a report of a person with a leg injury on the coast path, between Pennance (Stack) Point and Swanpool.

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Members found a lady who had slipped while walking her dogs and suffered a lower leg injury, just off the coastal path.

The casualty was assessed by team members and initially splinted with ‘Euro Splints’ - a bendable emergency splint. Her legs were then further supported by with fracture support straps, before she was transported on a stretcher to a waiting car, which took her to hospital for further treatment.

What is the what3words app?

What3words (W3W) is a simple way to talk about location that makes it easy for emergency services to find you.

The developers of the interactive system have assigned every three-metre square in the world a unique three-word address that will never change.

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The casualty used the what3words app to pinpoint her location. Image: what3words

For example 'filled.count.soap' marks the exact entrance to W3W's London-based headquarters.

W3W addresses are said to be as accurate as conventional GPS coordinates, with the National Maritime Operations Centre and coastguard operations centres both using them, making it easy to establish a casualty’s location and relay it to coastguard rescue teams to navigate their way there.

Anyone can find the words they need by downloading the app onto their smartphone or other device.

They then just need to enter a street address or place name into the search bar at the top of the screen to bring up a map, zoom in and switch to satellite mode and drag the map to find the exact location you want the what3words address for.