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Poole Atlantic lifeboat assist in evacuation of injured person from beach

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Inshore Atlantic Lifeboat launched at 12:18 to reports of a person partially submerged on the rocks at Sandbanks with an injured leg.

Poole volunteers being dropped onto the beach


Poole volunteers being dropped onto the beach

The lifeboat volunteers launched and were soon on scene at 12:25 and found a woman on the beach by the water line.

Two crew were dropped ashore to check out the casualty, who had been knocked over by a large dog. Two crew made an assessment and found that the person had injured her knee , as she was close to the waters edge, with the tide now going out, the decision was made to make the casualty as comfy as possible, to keep her warm with blankets. The casualty was in considerable discomfort, the lifeboat crew kept her comfortable whilst awaiting the paramedics who would be able to administer pain relief.

Poole coastguard arrived on scene to also give assistance.

Paramedics administered first aid and the casualty was then transferred onto a stretcher and carried out across the sand by ambulance and coastguard crews. the lifeboat crew returned back to station and was ready for service by 2pm.

Volunteer Helmsman Dave Riley said;
'it was a good multi agency effort today, between the lifeboat crew, coastguard and ambulance service. The decision was made to evacuate the lady by ambulance as she was in considerable pain and the paramedics were on scene to administer pain relief and first aid.

We wish the lady a speedy recovery'.

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