Man in 70s airlifted from Swanage to hospital with broken leg

Swanage and St Albans Coastguard went to the rescue of a 73 year old walker who had broken his leg on the South West Coast Path to the north of Swanage.

The teams were called to the coastal path between Sheps Hollow and Ballard Down just after midday on Sunday 6th February 2022.

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Coastguard helicopter and vehicle in North Swanage

The Coastguard Rescue 175 helicopter lands in a farmer’s field just above Sheps Hollow near Ballard Down

Coastguard rescue of walker in North Swanage
Swanage Coastguard

The man is carried on a stretcher by the coastguard teams to the helicopter

Emergency treatment

Swanage Coastguard reported:

“Coastguard officers provided emergency treatment and requested an aircraft due to the seriousness of the break and location of the incident.

“The rescue helicopter from Lee on Solent, Rescue 175 was tasked and landed in a nearby field.”

Coastguard fires flare for helicopter

The helicopter is guided towards a landing spot by a flare

Coastguard helicopter

The coastguard helicopter landed smoothly despite the gusty wind conditions

Coastguard lit a flare

The coastguard lit a flare to guide the helicopter to the suitable landing spot in a farmer’s field next to the coast footpath.

Once landed, the paramedic crew provided further care to the man before the coastguard teams carried him on a stretcher to the aircraft.

The injured man was then flown to Southampton Hospital for treatment.

Coastguard helicopter

The helicopter flies the injured man to Southampton Hospital

Watch the rescue filmed by a local resident

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