Coastguard Rescue Teams are working together with Coastguard Rescue 175 and Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat to assist an injured casualty located on a remote stretch of coastline near Ventnor this afternoon (Sunday).
Search and rescue resources from Ventnor and The Needles were mobilised to the area near Old Park Hotel at around 15:00 following reports of a person in difficulty.
The Lee-on-Solent based Coastguard helicopter has now arrived on scene and is working to winch the injured individual from the beach into the helicopter.
Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat is standing by just off the scene of the incident, which is located between Ventnor and Niton.
UPDATE @ 16:55 – The casualty, a 67-year-old man, has been successfully winched into the helicopter and is being flown directly to Southampton General Hospital.
He is said to have sustained injuries to his head, knee and back following a fall.
As the light fades, Coastguard Rescue Officers are making their way back to the cliff top in preparation of standing down from the incident almost 2 hours after the alarm was raised.
Sandown Lifeboat is returning to station having provided safety cover and a secondary possible means of evacuation.
If you or someone else is in difficulty on the coast or at sea, or if you spot what you think may be unexploded ordnance, then dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Further safety information can be found at https://coastguardsafety.campaign.gov.uk/.
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