At 2pm yesterday, the volunteers of Swanage and St Albans Coastguard teams were back in action, just 12 hours after closing down the previous cliff rescue.
On this occasion a young lady had slipped awkwardly on the SW Coast Path between the Western Mile Markers and Dancing Ledge; in doing so she had injured her ankle badly and was unable to walk.
Accessing via the tracks near Verney Farm, the teams stabilised the lady, monitored her condition and kept her warm. With no ambulance available, the responders from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue brought in pain relief and the Coastguard helicopter was summoned to evacuate the casualty. However, on arrival the mist had descended so low that the helicopter was unable to land and had to return to base.
We always have a 'Plan B' to cover all eventualities, and with light rapidly diminishing and temperatures falling, the lady was soon conveyed by 4x4 (many thanks to the National Trust for your help) back to the Farm where an ambulance was by now standing by to take over her care.
Another good example of multi - agency working and being responsive to a changing situation. We wish the lady a speedy recovery.