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.
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/.
Get help faster by giving emergency services your exact location by using ///what3words.
what3words have divided the world into 3m squares and given each square a unique combination of three words, which means when you are in a remote area of the Isle of Wight you can get assistance much quicker without the need for local knowledge.