Latest launch information:22nd September 2021
Another Wednesday training evening was interrupted last night when multiple 999 calls were received by the UK Coastguard reporting an accident close to Old Harry rocks.
Poole lifeboat, on exercise in Studland Bay, were tasked to attend, along with both Swanage lifeboats and volunteer coastguard teams from Swanage & St Albans Head. The Coastguard rescue helicopter ‘Rescue 175’ was also scrambled to launch.
The Swanage inshore lifeboat was first at the scene, very shortly followed by the Poole lifeboat crew, and the casualty was cared for and prepared for an airlift to hospital.
When the coastguard helicopter arrived a paramedic and equipment were lowered to the casualty’s position. A short time later the casualty was evacuated, leaving the volunteer lifeboat crews to recover equipment and return to their boats.
All three lifeboats performed a shoreline search of the area before being released and returning to base.
- Sea state:Smooth
- Boat(s):Both Boats
- Launch time:19:05
- Recovery time:20:54
- Location:Old Harry
(Helm) Tom Greasty
ILB Shore Crew:
(Coxn) Robert Aggas
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Dave Turnbull
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