When an elderly lady fell and broke her hip on the main beach this afternoon, the volunteer Coastguard team was called in to co-ordinate the rescue and evacuation operation .
Initial first aid was provided by the RNLI beach wardens and the inshore lifeboat, which was already on the water for a PR exercise.
Because of the nature of the incident, rescue Helecopter 106 was called, with its winchman/paramedic being lowered onto the ILB to be brought ashore, rather than directly onto the beach which would have resulted in a sandstorm and a lot of sandblasting to anyone nearby.
Once the winchman and ambulance paramedic were content that the casualty was comfortable on the stretcher, the team moved her off the beach and into the police 4x4 vehicle for a short transfer to the aircraft which had landed at King George's Playing Field, the landing site having been readied and secured by coastguards not involved at the beach.
Once safely in the aircraft the lady was moved to Dorchester hospital where we hope she makes a full recovery.
RNLI Lifeguards, RNLI ILB, SW Ambulance, Dorset Police, Swanage Coastguard, St Albans Coastguard, Rescue 106 : a true multi agency team.