Latest launch information:1st May 2021
UK Coastguard had received reports of a person fallen from the cliffs at Old Harry Rocks and requested the launch of the inshore lifeboat. Due to the nature of the rescue, the Duty Launch Authority authorised the launch of both lifeboats. St Albans Coastguard were also requested to attend.
The inshore lifeboat (ILB) was first at the scene and found the casualty had been brought ashore by a group of kayakers who were near to the scene at the time of the fall. The casualty was conscious but was treated for suspected spinal and internal injuries having fallen such a significant distance. Equipment and two extra crew were ferried ashore by the ILB from the all-weather lifeboat.
When the casualty was ready for evacuation they were transferred by the ILB to the all-weather lifeboat and taken back to Swanage, where ambulance, HM Coastguard helicopter and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were standing by.
After handing the casualty over to the paramedics, both lifeboats were re-housed and made ready for further service – less than an hour after launching.
- Sea state:Smooth
- Boat(s):Both Boats
- Launch time:14:29
- Recovery time:15:33
- Location:Old Harry
(Helm) Darren Tomes
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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