Weymouth RNLI lifeboats aid in evacuation of fallen climber

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth RNLI All-weather lifeboat was launched at 3.25pm on Saturday 4th August to assist in the medical evacuation of a casualty from rocks close to Portland Bill.

This turned out to be a multi agency operation involving the RNLI, Coastguards, Air Ambulance and South West Ambulance Service.

A climber had fallen and was suffering from a suspected broken ankle. He was located by Coastguards and stabilised by paramedics from the Air Ambulance.

He was then transported by Coastguards to a safe place on the shore for transfer to the RNLI all-weather lifeboat via the lifeboats tender referred to as a Y boat.

The casualty and paramedics from the Air Ambulance were taken from the shore to the RNLI lifeboat Ernest and Mabel who was just a hundred meters from shore.

Once aboard the lifeboat the volunteer crew recovered the Y boat and the lifeboat returned to Weymouth Harbour where the casualty was transferred to a waiting ambulance.

The volunteer crew then refuelled the lifeboat and made ready for the next shout.

RNLI Coxswain Andy Sargent said;' This was a good example of a multi agency rescue ensuring the best care for the casualty. Luckily the weather permitted the use of the Y Boat which made the operation much easier.'

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