Coastguard Rescue Teams, Coastguard Rescue 175 helicopter and paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service have worked together in challenging circumstances to rescue a collapsed man at Devils Chimney near Bonchurch this afternoon (Sunday).
A multi-agency search and rescue operation swung into action shortly after 13:30 when a male suddenly collapsed in amongst woodland in a remote spot between Luccombe and Ventnor.
Unable to get mobile signal, the man’s family summoned help from 2 passing members of the public who were able to raise the alarm with the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service and direct them to footpath V65.
Shortly before 14:00 a rapid response paramedic, an ambulance and ambulance officer arrived on the scene alongside Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team and later Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team.
Due to the nature of the man’s injuries and the extremely isolated location, the assistance of the Coastguard helicopter from Lee-on-Solent was requested – arriving on scene at around 14:20.
In a fantastic demonstration of skilled piloting, the Coastguard helicopter was able to safely winch the gentleman from the landslip before flying him directly to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.
The force of the downdraft from the AW189 helicopter caused tree branches in the dense woodland to snap and leaves to swirl, but the tricky winch was carried out without fault.
Emergency services have now stood down from the incident.