Vounteer lifeboat crew launch for the second time on bank holiday Saturday

Lifeboats News Release

The all-weather lifeboat was requested to assist an injured yachtsman South of Anvil Point.

Swanage all-weather lifeboat on slipway at Swanage Lifeboat Station


Swanage all-weather lifeboat on slipway at Swanage Lifeboat Station
The solo sailor had a suspected dislocated shoulder following a fall on board his yacht. The lifeboat launched and quickly located the yacht about 0.5Nm south of Anvil Point Lighthouse.

Two casualty care trained volunteer crew members were transferred to the yacht and after an assessment the sailor was given Entonox (a pain relieving medical gas) to reduce his pain. I
t was decided to leave the sailor on his yacht for the short trip back to Swanage.

An ambulance was requested to meet the lifeboat at the lifeboat station. Once the boats were in Swanage Bay the injured casualty was taken to the jetty at the boatpark and handed over to the ambulance service for assessment prior to be transferred to hospital.

The yacht was secured to a mooring and the lifeboat recovered, washed down and made ready for service. We wish the sailor a full and speedy recovery.

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