Press Notice No: Duty 1
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Posted 17:36 GMT
LUNDY ISLAND CLIMBER AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL
A cliff climber is on his way to hospital after being airlifted from Lundy Island. The man had been climbing when he suffered a fall and sustained a broken leg.
Swansea Coastguard sent the Lundy Island Coastguard Rescue Team to the scene and an RAF rescue helicopter was scrambled. The coastguard rescue team prepared the landing site for the helicopter and communicated with Swansea Coastguard, informing them that the man had also lost a significant amount of blood during the fall.
The man was airlifted from an area north-west of the old lighthouse and taken back to the mainland, before being transported by ambulance to hospital.
Steve Jones, Swansea Coastguard Watch Manager says:
We received a 999 call at 2.45 pm from a climber on Lundy Island reporting that his colleague had fallen and sustained a bad leg injury. We were able to get the helicopter to him quickly, and he will be arriving at the North Devon District Hospital shortly.
Posted By: Joanne Groenenberg
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The Maritime & Coastguard Agency Press Office
023 8032 9401