Two medivacs for Weymouth RNLI lifeboats in one afternoon

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat was launched at 3.25pm on Sunday 12th July 2020 to aid Paramedics and Coastguards recover a casualty from the rocks near the aerials on Portland.

ALB leaving Weymouth Harbour

RNLI/Ken Francis

Weymouth ALB leaving harbour

Solent Coastguard requested the launch following information from Portland Bill Coastguard who were working with Paramedics treating a 33 year old woman with a suspected broken ankle.

On arrival on scene, the volunteer crew of the lifeboat managed to find a small gap in the rocks which they could get the bow of the lifeboat into, to allow two crew members with a basket stretcher to climb ashore.

With the casualty in the stretcher, the Coastguards then managed to get her down approx 20m of rocks and onto the lifeboat.

The casualty, along with a Paramedic were then transferred back to Weymouth Harbour to a waiting ambulance.

Just as the Inshore lifeboat arrived in Weymouth Harbour at 4.30pm, the All- weather Lifeboat was being launched to a yacht approx 1.5 miles South of Durdle Door. Where it was reported that a crew member of the yacht had lost consciousness after severing a hand which had been trapped in a winch.

The casualty was transferred onto the lifeboat and brought back to Weymouth Harbour and a waiting ambulance, arriving at 5.15pm.

On return to station each lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for the next shout.

Weymouth ILB launching

RNLI/Ken Francis

Weymouth ILB launching

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