Weymouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat launched to man suffering from heat stroke

Lifeboats News Release

A busy period for Weymouth RNLI inshore lifeboat continued today when Solent Coastguard requested that the Inshore lifeboat launch at 5.25pm on Monday 9thJuly and make it's way to Durdle Door Beach for the medivac of a middle aged male.

Weymouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat

RNLI/Ken Francis

Weymouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat

The RNLI inshore lifeboat arrived on the beach at 5.41pm to find a male causality in the care of Paramedics who was suffering from heat stroke. It would have been extremely difficult in the high temperatures at the time to carry him to the top of the cliff so it was decided to use the lifeboat to transport him to Lulwoth Cove. On arrival at Lulworth Cove at 6pm the volunteer RNLI crew were met by Paramedics from a waiting ambulance who took charge of the causality.

With the man safely ashore the lifeboat left the Cove and headed back to Weymouth Harbour arriving at 6.35pm when the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for the next shout.

RNLI volunteer Helm Tye Shuttleworth said,' This is the second medivac from Durdle Door Beach in the last 2 weeks that Weymouth lifeboats have carried out. The RNLI would always advise everyone to take care in this exceptionally hot weather, to drink plenty of water, apply a high factor sun block and not to sit in the full sun for too long.'

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