Weymouth Inshore Lifeboat tasked to St Oswalds Bay

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.30 Saturday evening Weymouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard to St Oswold’s Bay to a casualty who was having a medical episode following a jellyfish sting.

Coastguard teams attending the casualty at St Oswald's Bay

RNLI/Nick Newman

Coastguard teams attending the casualty

Three coastguard rescue teams were on the scene and an ambulance was called.

After assessing the situation the coastguard teams decided that it was not going to be possible to move the casualty back up the path to the top of the cliff and the ILB was to extract the casualty from the beach & take to Lulworth where the coastguard was waiting with the ambulance.

However as the condition of the casualty was deteriorating it was deemed best to extract them by helicopter and so was airlifted from the beach to hospital in Dorchester for further treatment.

The volunteer crew then returned to the ILB to the station where it was refuelled and made ready for the next service.

ILB standing by awaiting the helicopter

RNLI/Nick Newman

ILB standing by awaiting the helicopter

RNLI/Nick Newman

Helicopter getting into position for casualty extraction from the beach

RNLI/Nick Newman

Helicopter getting into position for casualty extraction from the beach

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