Latest launch information:13th September 2021
A 68’ sail training vessel had departed Poole for onward passage. They had rounded Old Harry heading south and setting sail in a fresh easterly wind when a crewmember fell on the foredeck, landing heavily on metal fittings. The crewmember managed to make their way back to the cockpit but was clearly injured and in need of help. The skipper contacted the UK Coastguard, who requested the immediate launch of the Swanage lifeboat to rendezvous with the yacht and assist. The yacht had re-directed into Swanage Bay, so the lifeboat was alongside in just a few minutes and placed two crew on board to assess the situation. One crew provided Casualty Care to the injured sailor while equipment including Entonox pain-relieving gas was passed from the lifeboat. The casualty assessment suggested there was no need for emergency evacuation, so the most comfortable option was to motor the yacht back into Poole Harbour while the casualty was closely monitored by the lifeboat crew and Entonox was administered. A berth was arranged in Poole Town Quay marina and, when the yacht had been safely secured, ambulance paramedics boarded to take over care of the injured crew. Further pain relief was given before the casualty was moved to a coastguard stretcher and taken from the boat to the awaiting ambulance. The lifeboat was then able to return to Swanage for re-housing and the volunteer crew returned home at around 4.45pm
- Sea state:Moderate
- Launch time:13:30
- Recovery time:16:41
- Location:Swanage Bay
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Gary Buglass
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