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Mudeford RNLI tasked twice on Saturday

Lifeboats News Release

Mudeford RNLI were called out twice by HM Coastguard on Saturday (17 July 2021) to assist three casualties in locations hard to reach by paramedics on land.

Mudeford RNLI lifeboat 'Mudeford Servant'


Mudeford RNLI lifeboat 'Mudeford Servant'

The first shout was to assist an elderly lady at the end of Stanpit Marsh and the second to assist two male casualties trapped and injured on the Long Groyne at Hengistbury Head.

At 1.35pm HM Coastguard tasked Mudeford RNLI to assist an elderly lady suffering cardiac symptoms at the end of Stanpit Marsh. South Western Ambulance Service and Southbourne and Lymington Coastguard Rescue teams were also tasked to assist.

Mudeford RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat Mudeford Servant launched with four volunteer crew aboard and were the first to arrive on scene. Two casualty care trained crew members were put ashore to assess the situation.

The end of Stanpit Marsh is a 30 min walk from the car park and would have been a challenge for paramedics carrying medical equipment. The Mudeford RNLI helm’s assessment was that it was safe to move the lady. The ambulance and coastguard rescue teams were redirected to Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre, the casualty was taken aboard the RNLI lifeboat, transported across the Quay and delivered safely to the awaiting ambulance and rescue teams.

HM Coastguard tasked Mudeford RNLI again at 7.46pm to assist an unconscious male on a rock groyne at Hengistbury Head. Mudeford RNLI launched towards Hengistbury Head and proceeded to Long Groyne where they saw a male casualty lying on the groyne.

Two casualty care trained crew members were put ashore on the Long Groyne to assess the situation with other emergency services present – South Western Ambulance Service, UK Coastguard helicopter, Poole and Southbourne Coastguard rescue teams. Whilst attempting to assess the situation, a second male with chest pains approached the rescue teams following an accident on the rocks.

The HM Coastguard helicopter landed at Hengistbury Head and the paramedic walked down the cliff to the casualties. On assessing the situation, it was decided that is was not possible to carry a stretcher across the rocks and due to the lack of wind that day the helicopter down draft would be too great to winch the casualties.

The Mudeford RNLI lifeboat Mudeford Servant left the groyne and returned to a safe distance out to sea, where the Coastguard Helicopter winched down the stretcher and medical equipment.

RNLI Mudeford returned to the groyne, the first casualty was put on the stretcher and brought onto the lifeboat. The Mudeford RNLI Volunteer crew then returned to Mudeford Quay where an ambulance was awaiting the casualty.

Whilst at Mudeford Quay, a further radio message was received that the second casualty was deteriorating. Mudeford RNLI proceeded back to the Long Groyne at best speed and recovered the second casualty who was accompanied on the lifeboat by the helicopter paramedic. The second casualty was then taken to Mudeford Quay to a second awaiting ambulance.


RNLI lifeboats launched to 366 walkers and runners in the UK and Ireland in 2020. Further RNLI Safety advice is available here

Always carry a means of calling for help when undertaking activities near the sea. Call 999and ask for the Coastguard.

Media Contacts:

Claire Hellier, Mudeford Lifeboat Press Officer (07795) 496660 [email protected]

Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer SE and London (07939) 228052 [email protected]

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