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Coastguard's Calf operation

Warden rescued after breaking ankle

More details about yesterday's storm-lashed rescue from the Calf of Man have been released.

The warden on the islet had broken his ankle and required immediate evacuation, with the emergency services being alerted at about 12.30pm.

Storm Ali was still hitting the Isle of Man at the time - the wind speed and direction, and sea state and tide, meant a Coastguard helicopter was needed to get him off the Calf.

The one from Caernarfon in Wales was called out.

After arriving at the scene shortly after 1:30pm, the helicopter paramedic crew decided more help would be needed to get the warden out of the lighthouse tower and off the Calf.

It was decided an area of Rowany Golf Club would be suitable location to land and load personnel from Port Erin Coastguard rescue team.

They were at the scene by 2:30pm.

Using rope rescue equipment, they worked with paramedics to lower the casualty to the ground floor through the access hatches inside the tower and then into the helicopter.

He was flown to Nobles Hospital helipad, where members of Douglas Coastguard rescue team and a crew from the ambulance service met them to transfer the casualty to A&E.

A spokesman for the Coastguard says it was a particularly challenging rescue for all concerned, given the remote location, difficult access and the storm-force winds.

He has thanked all those involved in the operation.

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