Latest launch information:14th April 2021
When a walker fell and sustained a leg injury at Broadbench in Kimmeridge Bay, the main challenge for the UK coastguard was how to extract the casualty. Volunteer coastguards from St Albans Head and Kimmeridge were tasked along with an ambulance and paramedics. It took over 30minutes for them to get from vehicles, on foot over the rough terrain, to the casualty.
Other methods of evacuation were considered and both Swanage lifeboats were requested, along with coastguard rescue helicopter ‘R175’. The Shannon class all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was already afloat with a crew having just returned from a previous incident, so was very quickly en route. The D class inshore lifeboat (ILB) soon followed. When at the scene the ILB crew joined the volunteer coastguards and two paramedics alongside the casualty. Evacuation by helicopter or by sea to Swanage were both rejected in favour of getting the casualty into the ILB for a short trip to the Kimmeridge slipway and then to the waiting ambulance. So the ILB first took the casualty and a paramedic across the bay, then returned to save the coastguards from having to walk back. Meanwhile, R175 (which had landed on sea-level rock exposed by the low tide) took the remaining paramedic back to Kimmeridge carpark. When all personnel were back in the correct vehicles, both Swanage lifeboats returned to the boathouse for re-fuelling and washing down.
- Sea state:Smooth
- Boat(s):Both Boats
- Launch time:18:36
- Recovery time:20:24
(Helm) Dan Lander
(Coxn) Gavin Steeden
(Winch) Ben Jarvis
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Swanage Lifeboat Station is one of over 230 RNLI lifeboat stations around the coast of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI is a charity and relies on voluntary contributions from the public to keep its lifeboats at sea. At Swanage we have two lifeboats, an All Weather ‘Shannon’ class lifeboat and a ‘D-Class’ inshore lifeboat. We have a volunteer crew comprising 30 sea going crew and four shore crew who launch and recover the boats.
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