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Weymouth RNLI inshore lifeboat called out to assist casualty transfer

Lifeboats News Release

Following the demonstration of RNLI lifeboats at the Nothe on Monday 25th July, where part of the demonstration was the rescue of an injured person from the shore by the inshore lifeboat, approximately 24 hours later the scenario was played out for real.

Weymouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat was launched at 5.10pm on Tuesday 26 July on a request from Solent Coastguard to assist in the transfer of a young woman from Durdle Door beach to Lulworth Cove. The young woman had fallen down and injured her leg on the steps on the Man of War Bay side of Durdle Door and needed to be transported to hospital.

The South West Ambulance first responder who first attended the incident and the paramedics who arrived soon after decided that once she was put in a splint and into a stretcher it would be easier for all concerned if the she was transported by lifeboat to a waiting ambulance in Lulworth Cove.

Once on scene at 5.38pm the lifeboat volunteer crew assisted by Lulworth Coastguard and the medical team transferred her onto the lifeboat and a few minutes and short sea trip later carried her ashore to the waiting ambulance.

The inshore lifeboat left Lulworth Cove at 6.47pm for the return to Weymouth Harbour.

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