Multi-agency response to rescue fallen climber

Lifeboats News Release

Swanage lifeboats, along with three cliff rescue teams, a coastguard helicopter and Dorset & Somerset air ambulance, were all scrambled to day when a climber fell from cliffs near to Dancing Ledge

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance landed at Dancing Ledge with Swanage lifeboats on scene

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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance landed at Dancing Ledge with Swanage lifeboats on scene
Both lifeboats launched at 4.47pm and arrived at the scene just 8 minutes later. The inshore lifeboat (ILB) placed crew ashore to assess the casualty and then gathered more equipment from the larger all-weather lifeboat (ALB).

The casualty was quickly evacuated in a stretcher to the ALB while casualty care continued. Cliff rescue teams from Swanage, St Albans and Kimmeridge were arriving, and, shortly afterwards, the Dorset and Somerset air ambulance (DSAA) flew overhead and landed on the lower ledge of Dancing Ledge. Meanwhile, a second climber from the group was brought aboard the ALB to be checked over.

The ILB was able to quickly transfer two DSAA paramedics from Dancing Ledge to the ALB to take over care of the casualty and, tragically, the paramedics declared that the casualty had not survived the fall.

Our thoughts are with the casualty's family and friends at this time.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Dave Turnbull, Steve Williams, Gavin Steeden, John Deas, Anthony Corben, Becky Mack, Roydon Woodford
ILB Crew: (Helm) Darren Tomes, Matthew Steeden, Alan Parmenter, Ant Hole
Shore Crew: (Winchman) Luke Kill, (Head Launcher) Gary Buglass, Nigel Bower, (Winchman) Phil Palmer, Jamie Trumper

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