A joint response between the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service and HM Coastguard has led to the successful extrication of an injured walker on St Catherine’s Down today (Sunday).

Emergency services were alerted to the plight of an individual, who had injured themselves in the middle of a field near Blackgang, shortly before midday.

Due to the remote location, close to The Pepper Pot, the assistance of Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team was requested.

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Before long the casualty had been located, packaged onto a stretcher and carried to the awaiting ambulance for onward conveyance to St Mary’s Hospital.

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Lady Dunstanding
Lady Dunstanding
11 days ago

Without wishing to appear entirely pedantic, it is actually called Saint Catherine’s Hill. People who refer to it as a ‘down’ are not from Niton or Chale and do not have much knowledge of local history. No offence: this is just a fact. Some official sources even call it a down but they are wrong. It is Saint Catherine’s Hill. Regards. Your’s, Lady Dunstanding.

Lady Dunstanding
Lady Dunstanding
11 days ago

Of course I should add that there is a Saint Catherine’s Down, but that is above The Hermitage and Hoy’s Russian monument. The incident in question here happened nearer to Gore Down. Saint Catherine’s Hill is, naturally, on Niton Down. I trust that cleared up all the geographical ambiguity….

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