Swanage all-weather lifeboat launches to unconscious diver

Lifeboats News Release

At 8.44am Swanage all-weather lifeboat was requested to immediately launch to an unconscious diver pulled from the water at the Kyarra wreck.

HM Rescue helicopter 175 arriving on scene


HM Rescue helicopter 175 arriving on scene
The all-weather lifeboat was quickly alongside the dive vessel with the casualty onboard. Two volunteer crew members were put aboard to assess the casualty who was found to have regained consciousness and was being given oxygen. The casualty's dive buddy was also assessed and found to be OK.

The casualty had made a controlled ascent with his dive buddy after experiencing difficulty around 23 meters underwater. To ensure the casualty got to hospital as quickly as possible HM Rescue helicopter 175 was requested and confirmed to be available. The deck was cleared and the casualty was placed in the recovery position pending evacuation.

The helicopter paramedic arrived on deck, quickly assessed the situation and arranged to airlift the casualty. Within a short time the casualty was placed in a lifting harness and lifted to the helicopter. With the casualty on route to hospital, the lifeboat was freed to return to station.

As Swanage had a relief lifeboat on station following some repairs, the volunteer crew proceeded to Poole to swap lifeboats and return with Swanage's own lifeboat. On the way out of Poole Harbour, a small motorboat with engine trouble was spotted drifting in the flood tide at the ferry crossing. The lifeboat took the vessel under tow to a mooring in the Harbour so that the vessel was no longer drifting in the main channel. A launch vessel from a nearby sailing club was able to assist with taking the vessel ashore.

With the second rescue completed the lifeboat was free to return to station.

ALB Crew - Gavin Steeden (Coxn), Dave Turnbull, Steve Williams, Ant Corben, Becky Mack, Duncan Youngs, Ben Jarvis.

Shore Crew - Paul Bedford, Felix Williams

Notes to Editors

  • Photograph of HM Rescue Helicopter arriving on scene. Credit RNLI

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HM Rescue helicopter 175 preparing for casualty evacuation

RNLI/Becky Mack

HM Rescue helicopter 175 preparing for casualty evacuation

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