Multi-agency rescue as Calshot RNLI attend late night incident on rocks

Lifeboats News Release

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.

The Calshot Atlantic 85 lifeboat launches under darkness.

RNLI/Andy Bean

The Calshot Atlantic 85 lifeboat launches under darkness.

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

RNLI Media Contacts:

Calshot Lifeboat Station volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Danni Strawford-Jones (07721) 694135 dstrawford@hotmail.com

Calshot Lifeboat Station volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer Justyn Leonard (07540) 920678 justyn_leonard@rnli.org.uk

Regional Media Officer, South East and London, Paul Dunt (07785) 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Photo of sunrise when the Calshot Atlantic RNLI lifeboat returned.

RNLI/Darren Taylor

The Calshot RNLI shout ended at sunrise.

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