The Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, local paramedics, firefighters, Coastguard officers and Police are all working together to rescue a young girl from a remote section of coastline in East Cowes tonight (Saturday).
Emergency services are currently located on the most northerly tip of the Island where it is understood a teenage girl has got into difficulty in amongst woodland, close to a Southern Water station.
Coastguards from Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team and Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team have been mobilised, alongside 2 appliances and an officer from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service. The Isle of Wight Ambulance Service has an ambulance crew and operational commander on scene, with a number of Police officers from Hampshire Constabulary also in attendance to assist blue lights colleagues.
The air ambulance has in the past few minutes circled overhead and landed nearby, indicating the severity of the situation.
UPDATE @ 22:57 – The girl has now been rescued from her predicament and has been stretchered to the awaiting ambulance by Coastguards and firefighters.
The ambulance has left the scene and is heading towards the air ambulance, which is expected to airlift the seriously injured teen to a mainland hospital.
UPDATE @ 23:20 – The girl – understood to be 13-years-old – is now being taken to St Mary’s Hospital by land ambulance having been assessed by the HEMS crew from Dorset Air Ambulance.
The flying doctors and paramedics are accompanying the casualty to St Mary’s.
The helicopter remains on the ground in a playing field off York Avenue. It is unknown when it will take off.
Other emergency teams are now standing down from the incident.
UPDATE SATURDAY 00:40 – The air ambulance has now taken off and is returning to its base.
The teenager, who is thought to have fallen around 40ft, is being treated for her injuries at St Mary’s Hospital, accompanied by her family.