Sidmouth Lifeboat helps casualty with broken leg at Littlecombe Shute

Sidmouth Lifeboat. Ref shs 4548-02-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

Sidmouth Lifeboat. Ref shs 4548-02-15SH. Photo Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Lifeboat was called out to Littlecombe Shute to help a casualty with a suspected broken leg.

The crew launched the lifeboat shortly before 10.10am today (August 15) and were quickly on scene alongside Beer Coastguard.

The Sidmouth 2 lifeboat was also launch in case assistance was required.

A lifeboat spokesman said: “Due to the inaccessible location with shallow water and rocks, Sidmouth 2 was then also launched in case, with much shallower draft, assistance was required. In the event, the helm of the larger boat was unable to get it to the shore at the casualty location. The main Sidmouth Lifeboat was able to navigate to place the bow on the beach enabling a safe transfer of the casualty thanks to the Beer Coastguard teams.”

The lifeboat paramedic came ashore to assess the casualty had a suspected broken tibia and fibula.

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The casualty was splinted, given entonox and put on scoop and taken by boat back to Sidmouth boathouse to be met by paramedics.

The person was then taken to hospital by land ambulance.

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