UPDATED: COASTGUARD HELICOPTER HELPS EVACUATE CASUALTY FROM REMOTE COASTLINE

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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.

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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.

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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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Richard
Richard
1 month ago

Thats a nice shiny new truck for the coastguard, hopefully they can keep it that way and not crash it

red squirrel
red squirrel
Reply to  Richard
1 month ago

Have yo something to share or is this just another worthless comment.
Well done to all the SAR teams involved.

Non Original Lady Dun Standing
Non Original Lady Dun Standing
1 month ago

One hopes he is ok, and this disgusting council don’t just put a ‘footpath closed’ sign up, rather than repair our costal walkways, as it is easy and cheap to do.

Vote them out next time.

barbara
barbara
1 month ago

Well done the rescue team, xx

Ann
Ann
Reply to  barbara
1 month ago

Well done team what would we do without you God bless you all

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