Portland coastguardshelp rescue injured walkers and stricken yachts along the Dorset coast (From Dorset Echo)
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Portland coastguardshelp rescue injured walkers and stricken yachts along the Dorset coast
9:59am Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
PORTLAND coastguard centre had a busy day assisting several yachts and an elderly woman who had fallen while walking.
Yesterday morning Southwest Ambulance Service called Portland Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre to ask for help to get a man who had injured his back on board the sail training vessel Merrilyn which was alongside in Weymouth Harbour. The 50-year-old was treated by the ambulance crew at Weymouth harbourside.
The coastguard helped the ambulance crew later on in the morning when they were alerted to a 75-year-old woman who had fallen on rocks by Portland Bill Lighthouse.
When the Portland Billl coastguard rescue team arrived she was being treated by the ambulance crew.
At 12.12pm the coastguards received and emergency Mayday call from the Bayliner 285 - True Blue, with two people on board, near Durlston Head, Swanage.
They had engine problems, so coastguards broadcast a request for assistance call and the motor vessel Precious responded and towed the stricken boat to Swanage.
Swanage coastguard rescue team found that the owners had just brought the boat and gave them safety advice.
A capsized laser dingy was found tied to a buoy in Swanage Bay by the yacht Sea Spray at 2.15pm.
Coastguards made enquiries with the local sailing club, who said they were aware of the situation and that the crew were safe and the club rescue boat intended recovering the dinghy as soon as possible.
A woman who had sustained head injuries at Swanage was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital by the coastguard helicopter.
Southampton coastguard rescue officers went to the hospital to assist with the helicopter landing site.
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