Swanage Lifeboat crew rescues woman injured while coasteering at Dancing Ledge

A young woman who was left in considerable pain after being injured while coasteering at Dancing Ledge, south of Langton Matravers, has been rescued by Swanage Lifeboat crew and the volunteers from St Albans and Swanage Coastguard.

The outdoor adrenaline activity, coasteering is when people jump into the sea and climb along the rocks.

Advertisement 

Both Swanage Lifeboats were launched at 11.16 am on Saturday 29th August 2020 and arrived on the scene at the same time as the coastguards.

The injured woman was on a ledge at sea level, just west of Dancing Ledge. A crew member from the inshore lifeboat went ashore to help the casualty and make an initial assessment.

Dancing Ledge viewed from the sea
Caroline Abbot

Dancing Ledge is a popular location for rock climbing and coasteering

The person was in considerable agony

As she was in considerable agony, pain-relieving gas was fetched from the all-weather lifeboat and given to the casualty.

Swanage Lifeboat Station reported:

“An extraction by sea was deemed the safest and simplest option, so the casualty and another member of the party were taken via inshore lifeboat to the all-weather lifeboat and a steady trip back to Swanage began.

“When in Swanage, the casualty was placed into the care of Dorset Ambulance paramedics and taken to Poole.”

Dancing Ledge, along the Jurassic Coast is a popular place for rock climbing and coasteering. The area is owned by the National Trust and coasteering is only permitted in organised groups.

In May 2019, a 49 year old man died while coasteering at Dancing Ledge. He was on holiday with his family at the time.

Share this story

Contact us

Do you have anything to add to this story?

We like to keep everything up-to-date, so if you know more, please help us by getting in touch.

Advertisement 

Top stories

‘Severe damage’ to Sandbanks Ferry delays its return to 2023 The ferry that normally operates between Sandbanks and Studland has been badly damaged while being towed to Falmouth for planned maintenance. 3 weeks ago Swanage man and Corfe Castle woman jailed after drug gang bust 5 days ago National Trust to demolish Studland beach cafe due to coastal erosion 3 weeks ago Group of teenagers assault and seriously injure man in Swanage 2 days ago What’s on in Swanage for Christmas 2022 1 month ago

Most recent

Plans to convert Swanage care home into flats An application has been made to change Wordsworth Care Home in Swanage into 16 apartments, following its closure after the death of 16 residents from Covid. 12 hours ago Semi-conscious sailor rescued by Swanage Lifeboat crew 1 day ago Group of teenagers assault and seriously injure man in Swanage 2 days ago A robin for Robin: Corfe Castle switches on its festive lights 2 days ago Swanage Christmas Market bids to expand as popularity grows 3 days ago