Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat was paged and tasked for immediate launch by Solent Coastguard this morning (Tuesday) to a man with a broken leg in Shanklin.
The gentleman was reported to be on the shore and in severe pain opposite the clock-tower on Shanklin Esplanade when the alarm was raised shortly after midday.
The independent lifeboat, operated by volunteers, was first on the scene and the crew administered first aid. A paramedic arrived soon after as well as the Ventnor Coastguard Team, who were all racing against the clock due to the incoming tide, which was hampering the rescue operation.
The casualty was stabilised and placed on a stretcher before being transferred to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport for further medical attention.
Mark Birch, Operations Manager for SSILB said:
“We would also like to thank the public and the long shore men that assisted in making this a quick rescue.”