Swanage inshore lifeboat launches to assist casualty with a broken arm

Lifeguards News Release

The volunteer crew of Swanage inshore lifeboat (ILB) were called into service this evening when a young boy suffered a suspected fractured arm playing in the dunes at Studland.

Due to the location of the casualty it had been agreed that the ILB was the fastest way to get pain relieving ‘Entonox’ gas to the casualty. The Swanage inshore lifeboat launched quickly and met the casualty and his Mum a little under ten minutes later.

While the volunteer lifeboat crew were helping the HM Swanage Coastguard with the casualty another call came in to ask if the ILB could investigate reports of an inflatable flamingo drifting out to sea with people on. The ILB investigated the situation, leaving crew to continue helping the young casualty, and found the inflatable was tied securely to a yacht and all was well.

After assessing the casualty and arranging a transfer route to get the casualty to hospital, the young casualty was transported along the beach and transferred to the family's car which was escorted by HM Coastguard to the front of the ferry queue to enable the family to take the injured casualty to hospital.

The ILB was the able to return to Swanage Lifeboat Station.

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