Rye Harbour RNLI relief Lifeboat B722, 'Beatrice Dorothy' launched today (09/09/2008) at 1.31 pm to a motorised sand buggy that had been seen rolling several times before coming to a stop, on Camber sands at Broom Hill.
The launch of Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat was requested by Dover Coastguard, after they had received a call from a member of the public who had seen the sand buggy roll several times before coming to a stop, the occupant of the vehicle appeared not to be moving and the incoming tide was starting to surround the casualty.
Relief Lifeboat B722 arrived at the scene at 1.36 pm just as the Kent Air Ambulance had landing. The crew of Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat assisted the crew of the Kent Air Ambulance transfer the casualty to a spinal board and move him from the incoming tide to the top of the beach; where the helicopter had landed. RNLI relief Lifeboat B722 departed the scene at 2.42 pm; arriving back at station at 2.52 pm. The casualty was airlifted to hospital by the Kent Air Ambulance.
Richard Tollett, RNLI Operations Manager at Rye Harbour Lifeboat, said: ‘It's not uncommon to work with the helicopter and other emergency services. Part of our training programme here at Rye Harbour includes training with the Coastguards, the helicopter and other emergency services on a regular basis.’