CALLOUT | 22.06.21 | 00:06

Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to evacuate a casualty with a suspected broken ankle from Littlecombe Shute.

The casualty had already been attended to and stretchered to the shore by Beer Coastguard Rescue Team, who then stretchered her 450m along the shore, to a point they believed would be accessible to the lifeboat in the prevailing conditions.

Both Sidmouth Lifeboat and Sidmouth 2 launched. Despite the swell, total darkness and numerous submerged rocks, Coxswain Guy Bennett managed to get the bow of the lifeboat onto the beach for long enough to allow the casualty to be taken aboard in a stretcher and brought safely back to Sidmouth.

Following a net recovery, the casualty was transferred to South Western Ambulance Service.

Many thanks to all involved.

Boat Crew: Guy Bennett (Helm); Dave Pearce, Kyle Baker, Toby Hoggarth, Tony Martin, Martin Barnard.

Shore Crew: Jim Brewster, Katrina McIlveen, Mark Davies, Andy Mitchell, Pete Rosenfeld, Andy Horsely, Cameron Baker

Tractor Driver: Ian Fletcher

DLA: Phil Shepperd

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