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A local resident fell 15 feet onto rocks and was evacuated by RNLI Dart lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The 57 year old man had been exploring Castle Cove in Dartmouth Harbour when he fell, injuring his lower back.

The crew steadied the lifeboat whilst the transfer procedure was explained to the casualty.

RNLI/Riki Bannister

The RNLI crew explained the transfer procedure to the casualty and made sure he was comfortable.

A South Western Ambulance crew and the Dartmouth Coastguard Search and Rescue team attended the casualty and placed him on a stretcher. The Solent Coastguard then tasked the Dart inshore lifeboat volunteers to attend and to evacuate the casualty by sea in view of the steep egress from the cove. The lifeboat crew included a paramedic and three RNLI trained First Aiders. He was placed in the lifeboat's basket stretcher and transferred to an Ambulance waiting upriver on the Higher Ferry slip.

The Dart inshore lifeboat prepares to leave the cove.

RNLI/Riki Bannister

The Dart inshore lifeboat prepares to leave the cove.
The Dart inshore lifeboat, with the casualty onboard, makes its way upriver.

RNLI/Andy Kyle

The Dart inshore lifeboat, with the casualty onboard, makes its way upriver.

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