The Coastguard team was tasked to rescue a 54 year old man who had fallen 80m off the Golden Cap, southern England’s highest cliff. The casualty had been prevented from falling further by deep undergrowth. After locating the casualty, the paramedic winchman from the Coastguard helicopter was lowered to stabilise the casualty. The Coastguard cliff rescue team lowered a ‘cliff man’ to assist with first aid and readying the casualty to be airlifted, medevacced, to Dorchester Hospital. The casualty has needed assistance with breathing overnight and will require extensive orthopaedic surgery. At dusk and at the beginning of the first real cold night of this winter, the casualty was very lucky that another walker had heard his ‘groans’ and had raised the alarm.
2010 Incident #68 24.11.10 1619UTC #5540