Douglas RNLI called out to assist in the recovery of a cliff fall casualty

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI volunteer crew were paged today (28 May) at 8.08pm to assist the Coastguard recover a casualty from cliffs.

Casualty being transferred to the all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary

RNLI/Douglas Coastguard

Casualty being transferred to the all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary
A post incident report from Douglas Coastguard recounts the circumstances of the call. 'Douglas Coastguards were called to a serious incident at the back of Douglas Head Light House in which a 15 year old lad slipped and fell to the rocks below. On arrival we were met with a semi conscious casualty on the rocks below and asked for Douglas Lifeboat to be launched to assist'

In a flat calm sea and with good visibility Coxswain Nel Corran took the all-weather lifeboat, Sir William Hillary, out of Douglas harbour around to the cliffs below Douglas lighthouse.

Volunteer crew members Peter Washington and Andy Cowin used the lifeboat’s daughter boat, an inflatable dinghy, to go ashore first to review and discuss the situation with the Coastguards.

Taking advantage of the flat calm sea the decision was taken to bring the Douglas lifeboat as close into the cliff face as possible so the casualty could be transferred directly onto the lifeboat.

With the casualty safely onboard the lifeboat made the short journey back to harbour where an ambulance was waiting to take the casualty to Noble's Hospital.

Notes to editors
Caption for attached photo: Casualty being transferred to the all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary. Credit: RNLI/Douglas Coastguard

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