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ssilbbrokenlegshanklinSandown & 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.

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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.”

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