Latest launch information:1st May 2021
A small group of kayakers close to Old Harry witnessed a person falling from the clifftop into the water and quickly alerted the UK Coastguard, who in turn requested the immediate launch of both Swanage lifeboats along with St Albans Coastguard.
The inshore lifeboat (ILB) was first at the scene and found the casualty had been brought ashore by the kayakers. The casualty was conscious but was treated for suspected 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 to the all-weather lifeboat and taken back to Swanage, where ambulances and a HEMS aircraft 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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