Off duty coastguard helps woman

By Matthew Mckew

Monday, March 3, 2014

 

UPDATED Monday 13.03*

An off duty member of Ventnor Coastguard helped a woman suffering from a suspected broken ankle on the beach at Lake, earlier today (Sunday).

A spokesman for Solent Coastguard said the crew member was out walking when he came across the woman.

He contacted Solent Coastguard at 12.32pm, who sent a team from Bembridge to assist.

The coastguard called for an ambulance, which took the woman to St Mary's Hospital.

* The woman, from London, fell awkwardly while walking along the Sandown revetment. Bembridge Coastguard station officer Martin Groom said: "Fortunately, an off duty coastguard was on hand when the lady fell and was able to open up the family beach hut to offer her shelter from the worsening weather. The crew from Bembridge Coastguard, who were already out on a training exercise with new recruits, one of whom is a paramedic, were able to offer assistance until the ambulance arrived."

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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