Woman rescued from cliff face after fracturing ankle

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The casualty is taken to the lifeboat

EMERGENCY crews rescued a woman who fractured her ankle on Barton cliff face yesterday (Thursday) evening.

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Lymington’s coastguard rescue team was first to arrive at Becton Bunny after the alarm was raised shortly before 5pm, and directed its Southbourne counterparts to the scene, off Marine Drive East.

Paramedics were sent to the scene, providing first aid to the casualty, who was in her 70s, after which she was put on a stretcher.

It was decided she should be transported by lifeboat, and she was assessed by medics before Mudeford RNLI brought her and an ambulance technician on board.

They were then taken to Mudeford Quay, where the casualty was transferred to an ambulance which took her to Poole General Hospital.

A Facebook post by Southbourne Coastguard afterwards said: “Once on scene we liaised with Lymington CRT who confirmed the casualty’s position to be some way off the road and in a deep ravine.

“Together we provided first aid and packaged the casualty into a stretcher.

“After considering all options of extraction, the safest way was deemed to be by RNLI lifeboat. Ambulance crew arrived on scene at the same time as the Mudeford lifeboat which held off while an assessment was made.

“With the assessment complete, the casualty, along with an ambulance technician, was loaded on board the lifeboat and transported to Mudeford Quay for onward transport by ambulance to hospital. At this point we stood down and returned to station.”

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