Climber falls 28m from a cliff on Portland

Climber falls 28m from a cliff on Portland

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:46am 11th June 2020.

A climber's been airlifted to safety after falling from a cliff on Portland.

Rescue teams and emergency services were called to Battleship Buttress at Back Cliff at 2.36pm yesterday afternoon. (10 June)

The climber had fallen 28 meters onto rocks and sustained a broken ankle.

A spokesman for Wyke Coastguard Rescue Team said:

"Upon arrival team members escorted the SWAST paramedic down the cliff access and took them to the casualty, assisting with casualty care.

"The casualty location made extraction via the  Inshore Lifeboat very difficult, as this would have involved conveying the casualty a considerable distance over rocks.

"As the casualty had sustained injuries from a significant fall, the safest extraction method was considered to be by winch.

"As Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance had no winch facility, Rescue 175 was duly tasked to the incident."

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The casualty was winched to safety and airlifted to Dorchester, and taken to Dorset County Hospital.