Multi-agency rescue as Calshot RNLI attend late night incident on rocks
At 12.48am on Thursday 2 July, crews from Calshot RNLI were tasked to attend a casualty that had fallen off the sea wall onto the rocks near Hythe Marina, suffering serious leg injuries.
Working in conjunction with HM Coastguard Lymington and South Central Ambulance Service’s hazardous area response team, they worked to establish the most effective and safest way to proceed.
The volunteer crew, helmed by Graham Burgess quickly ruled out the possibility of extracting the casualty via Calshot’s D Class lifeboat Willett due to the receding tide and distance between the boat and shore.
Crew remained on scene supporting the other agencies for almost 3 hours in extracting the casualty safely across the rocks into the waiting ambulance.
Crew then returned to station and readied the boat for service just in time to witness the sunrise.
Helm Graham Burgess said: ‘Due to the location of the casualty, coupled with the darkness and the tide level, this was a difficult extraction. We were happy to remain on scene and use our specialist skills to support the work of our colleagues from the other agencies. On behalf of all the crew here at Calshot, we’d like to wish the casualty a swift and full recovery’
Crew involved in the shout
Boat Crew: Graham Burgess (Helm) Tom Pedersen, Sean Marsh, Damian Lester
Shore Crew: Martin Bean (Head Launcher), Glenn Pearson (Launch Vehicle Driver), Darren Taylor, Kelley Leonard
Deputy Launching Authority: Jane Banting
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.