Man airlifted to safety and taken to hospital with suspected broken ankle following fall on beach near Easington

A man has been airlifted to safety and taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle after tough conditions from recent storms made rescue ‘very challenging’ for coastguard teams.

Monday, 17th February 2020, 8:49 am
Updated Monday, 17th February 2020, 12:09 pm
The coastguard helicopter was called and the man was airlifted to safety. Picture by Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue

The coastguard rescue helicopter was called to Shippersea Bay, near Easington, as teams struggled with challenging terrain following the recent bad weather.

The man, who is in his 50s, was taken to James Cook University Hospital with a ‘possible broken ankle’ after falling while walking on the beach.

Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team alongside Seaham Coastguard duty officers attended the incident at around 12.50pm on Sunday, February 16.

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A spokesman for the coastguard said: “Once the casualty was located, casualty care was administered and the casualty was packaged into our stretcher.

“Due to the recent bad weather the terrain was very challenging and decided that the best extraction method was best done using the aid of Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 912.”

The terrain was very challenging due to recent bad weather. Picture by Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue
Teams worked to locate the casualty. picture by Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue
A man was rescued after sustaining an injury on Shippersea Bay, in Easington. Picture by Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue