Weymouth RNLI launched to person in the water off Portland

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth RNLI All-weather lifeboat was launched at 1.29pm on Saturday 25th July 2020 following a report from Solent Coastguard of an unconscious male swimmer in the water near to Portland Bill.


Weymouth RNLI lifeboat and Coastguard helicopter attending the scene

The Inshore lifeboat was also launched shortly afterwards at 1.33pm.

In difficult circumstances of poor visibility and choppy sea conditions the casualty was located by the Inshore lifeboat some 300m South West from Portland Bill and taken onboard at 2.00pm. The volunteer crew immediately commenced CPR before transferring him to the All-weather lifeboat where CPR continued.

Due to the seriousness of the condition of the casualty it was decided to transfer him direct to hospital by helicopter.

When Coastguard rescue helicopter 175 arrived on scene the casualty was transferred from the All-weather lifeboat into the helicopter and taken straight to Poole Hospital where shortly after arrival he was sadly pronounced dead.

Both lifeboats then returned to station at 3.30pm, refuelled and made ready for the next shout.

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