Latest launch information:31st July 2020
Both Swanage lifeboats were called today just as the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was returning from a previous incident.
A walker had fallen from cliffs near to Old Harry and was in need of assistance on rocks near the shoreline. Swanage Coastguard teams were en route, as was an air ambulance and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter ‘R175’. The ALB arrived on scene first and deployed two crew in drysuits to aid the casualty. The inshore D class lifeboat (ILB) arrived shortly afterwards, picked up equipment from the ALB and also went ashore.
Helicopter R175 arrived on scene just a few minutes later, and the air ambulance had now also landed on grass at the top of the cliffs. The casualty was prepared for a short airlift from the base of the cliffs to the waiting air ambulance, where paramedics were waiting.
When the airlift had been completed and the casualty was in the hands of the paramedics both boats returned to station, the ALB having been at sea for more than 5 hours. .
- Sea state:Slight
- Boat(s):Both Boats
- Launch time:16:10
- Recovery time:17:04
- Location:Old Harry
(Helm) Darren Tomes
(Coxn) Gavin Steeden
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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