Injured woman airlifted from St Albans Head

The coastguard helicopter was called upon to rescue a woman who had sustained a serious ankle injury along the Purbeck coastline at St Albans Head near Worth Matravers.

Both the Swanage and Kimmeridge Coastguard teams were tasked to support the St Albans Coastguard on Saturday 5th June 2021.

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“Suspected broken ankle”

Swanage Coastguard reported:

“A female had a suspected broken ankle and due to the difficult location had to be airlifted to hospital by the rescue helicopter from Lee on Solent. South Western Ambulance also attended the incident.”

The woman was then flown to the landing site at Poole Hospital.

Coastguard helicopter at St Albans
Swanage Coastguard

The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 175 from Lee on Solent at St Albans Head on the Purbeck coast

Busy time for coastguard

This year, Swanage Coastguard has already been called out to 54 incidents and 14 of them were over the recent Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 29th to Monday 31st May 2021.

HM Coastguard said:

“Last Bank Holiday weekend was busier than last year’s for our teams around the UK as sunseekers in their thousands headed for some fun at the coast.

“Between 00.01 on Friday morning 28th May until midnight on Bank Holiday Monday 31st May, we recorded 874 incidents – where the fun stopped and our assistance and that of our fellow emergency service partners was needed. 279 of those incidents were on Bank Holiday Monday.

“In 2020 over the same period, we recorded 535 incidents.”

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