The whole coastguard team was tasked to rescue a 67 year old male who had fallen, injurying his leg, two miles west of Lyme Regis. A party of seven walkers, had set out from Seaton to Lyme Regis along the Undercliif coastal path. This 7 mile footpath is renowned for being very difficult underfoot and being inaccesible. There are no public access points other than the beginning & the end! The casualty who was in extreme pain, was ‘packaged’ onto to stretcher and carried out of the Undercliff after about an hour of extremely arduous work. The casualty was passed into the care of a land ambulance that had been diverted from Bridgwater in Somerset, to attend the incident. Despite the advice of all the emergency services present, the casualty declined the opportunity to attend hospital and have his leg injury fully assessed.
The coastguard team would like to thank the members of the lifeboat team who helped carry the gentleman for the final stages of the ‘extraction’.
This was a physically demanding rescue. It took at least 40 minutes to locate the casualty with the whole coastguard team split up searching along the 7 mile length of the path. Once located all the team had to regroup to carry out the casualty.
This summer, the whole of the South West Coast path has been ‘labelled’ at key points with locations and grid references. If you are walking the coast path, please look out for these little white indicator signs. It might just help the emergency services locate you more quickly in the event of an incident.