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Both lifeboats tasked to an injured paddleboarder

Lifeboats News Release

Both Swanage lifeboats were tasked to the Old Harry Rocks area to assist a paddleboarder.

Swanage lifeboat crew

RNLI/Roydon Woodford

Swanage lifeboat crew
The inshore lifeboat was the first to launch as Solent Coastguard had limited information on what assistance the paddleboarder required. Once on scene the ILB crew found that the paddleboarder had sustained a nasty knee injury after falling off his board and on to a rock. Assistance was requested from the all-weather lifeboat to provide pain relief and a more comfortable platform to be able to transport the casualty to receive medical treatment.

The ALB was soon on its way to the scene as there were already crew at the lifeboat station. Once on scene the basket stretcher was rigged to the casualty lifting davit to allow the casualty to be transferred from his paddleboard in to the stretcher. He was then carefully lifted aboard and given a full assessment to confirm his injuries.

Given the damage to his knee an ambulance was requested and one became available a short time later in Poole so the lifeboat diverted to the landing stage just inside Poole Harbour. The inshore lifeboat was released to return to station.

Once the casualty was handed over to the care of the ambulance paramedics the lifeboat was released to return to Swanage.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Gavin Steeden, Dave Turnbull, Bryan Jones, Duncan Youngs, Ben Jarvis, Alice Haw, Neil Brooks

ILB Crew: (Helm) Darren Tomes, Andy Redout, Alan Parmenter
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Gary Buglass, (Winchman) Luke Kill, Jamie Trumper, Julian Vass

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