WATER RESCUE OPERATION AFTER 77-YEAR-OLD WOMAN FALLS FROM TOTLAND SEA WALL

A 77-year-old woman was pulled from an extremely dangerous situation after she was found in the water by Coastguard Rescue Officers in Colwell Bay this afternoon (Tuesday).

HM Coastguard initially tasked Needles Coastguard Rescue Team at 15:12 following reports of a concern for welfare after belongings were left unattended at Brambles Chine.

A search was undertaken from Brambles Chine through to Totland with nothing untoward found. The incident was declared as a false alarm with good intent.

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However, during the search, Coastguard Rescue Officers located a female who had fallen from the seawall at Totland trying to rescue her dog from the sea below.

The 77-year-old casualty was stabilised in position by one of the team’s Rescue Swimmers, but due to the sea state and surrounding obstacles, assistance was requested from Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team and Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat.

Yarmouth’s AlL Weather Lifeboat quickly reacted and deployed its Y-class rescue boat, upon which the casualty was transferred back to the larger Severn-class All Weather Lifeboat before being conveyed to Yarmouth Harbour.

The fit and well casualty was then released to return home to dry off.

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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jan
jan
6 days ago

Those that reported the unattended belongings probably saved her life . One very lucky lady . No mention of her dog though and I hope it was saved too

Islander born & bred
Islander born & bred
Reply to  jan
3 days ago

I wish they could put an update on whether the dog was safe. People are obviously going to wonder if it was alright.

Squire Carter
Squire Carter
6 days ago

One hopes the ladies dog was saved.

Hope Springs
Hope Springs
Reply to  Squire Carter
5 days ago

Ah, yes, the dog. Thayt’s the important part.

Caroline.
Caroline.
6 days ago

I’m pleased to hear that the owner was OK but what about her dog? You seem to have completely forgotten all about it.

Islander born & bred
Islander born & bred
Reply to  Caroline.
5 days ago

Yes, why did they leave out whether or not the dog was alright? It’s obvious people are going to wonder about it. I hope it was okay but the fact it wasn’t mentioned as being safe makes people fear the worst for it.

Bob
Bob
5 days ago

Basically cannot keep a dog under control (cliffs and sea walls are pretty basic common sense, if you have an unruly dog, you use a lead) and then throws herself after him/her triggering a coast guard response. Just hope she doesn’t babysit her grandkids.

fred
fred
Reply to  Bob
5 days ago

You never had a dog have you.

Nobody
Nobody
Reply to  Bob
5 days ago

Completely unnecessary comment. So many poisonous tongues today. What happened to ” If You can’t say anything nice “. Thank goodness You are not a coastguard

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