Poole Lifeboats launched to medical evacuation off Brownsea Island

Lifeboats News Release

The UK Coastguard tasked both Poole lifeboats at (Wed 1 June) to a medical evacuation from Brownsea Island.

RNLI/Poole

The casualty being extracted onto the lifeboat
The lifeboats launched at 8:45pm making good speed and soon arrived on the south west of the island at Shard Point close to the campsites. Conditions in the harbour were clear with a slight westerly breeze.

Volunteer crew from both boats went ashore and met up with a ranger on site and the crew then made their way to the casualties. Once on scene the lifeboat crew assessed the situation and administered casualty care, one person had encountered a medical episode and they needed to be evacuated off the Island, with the others, three people in total.

The casualty was transferred onto a stretcher and extracted off the island with the two other casualties. They were transferred onto the D class then transferred across onto the Atlantic for a smoother transfer back to the lifeboat station where an ambulance was standing by. The casualties were transferred to the care of the ambulance crew and taken to hospital.

Both lifeboats were washed down, refuelled, and made ready for service by 10.00pm.

This was the 45th call out this year for Poole Lifeboat Station.

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