Climber in his 40s dies and 12 people are injured after the group finds it hard to get rid of jagged Dorset rocks
- The 40-year-old man died and 12 were injured in an accident on the coast of Purbeck
- Group had climbed along rocks, dived into the sea and then swam to the next day
- Major search on Sunday after the group got into trouble in the water
- The police say that people were declared dead on stage and that their bodies had been restored
A man in his forties died and twelve other people were injured after an accident while climbing along the Dorset coast.
The group was & # 39; coasteering & # 39; people have climbed along serrated coastal rocks, dive into the sea, swim to the next access and repeat the process.
A search and rescue operation was launched on the Purbeck coast on Sunday afternoon after the group got into trouble in the water and called for help.
The Dorset police were called to an area between Dancing Ledge (file photo) and Hedbury Head
The man's body was recovered from the water near Dancing Ledge in Dorset (file photo)
Coastguard rescue teams, RNLI lifeboats, the coastguard helicopter, paramedics and police were called up for the scene between Dancing Ledge and Hedbury Head.
The Dorset police later said that a man in his forties had been declared dead on the scene. His body was taken out of the water and brought to the cliff by a lifeboat team.
The man was reported to have developed short-term breathing difficulties in the organized outing and received first aid after falling unconscious into the sea.
What is coasteering?
Coasteering involves braving a rocky coastline by climbing, jumping and swimming without the help of boats or surfboards.
People who try to climb it along erratic coastal rocks, dive into the sea, swim to the next daily layer of the earth and then do the same again.
It is popular along the coasts of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall because of their rocky outcrops and challenging seas.
Several outdoor activity providers organize coasteering sessions, including Dorset Coasteering – which led the session on Sunday and has been active for ten years.
The company describes Jurassic Coast coasting as & # 39; incredible & # 39; and says it's perfect for groups, individuals, and families.
The company supplies wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets, and asks participants to bring swimwear and sneakers to wear in the water.
UK Coasteering has resulted in two previous deaths in the last 12 years.
In February 2007, charity director David Bellew from outdoor activities was chased by rough seas while he was killed for the first time from Mewslade Bay in South Wales.
And Royal Navy reservist Charlotte Furness-Smith died in a sea cave at Durlston, near Swanage in Dorset in November 2013, while coasteering.
The other explorers and instructors were picked out of the water by lifeboat crews and taken to the coast where they were checked by paramedics.
The family of the deceased, who was on a trip organized by Dorset Coasteering, was informed of his death – and the coroner was also informed.
A Dorset Coasteering spokesperson said: “We are extremely sad to confirm that the man who was part of a coasteering group in Hedbury Quarry had breathing problems and fell unconscious in the water shortly after he started the activity.
& # 39; Although our instructor was quickly rescued from the sea and received first aid on the beach, he unfortunately could not be resuscitated.
& # 39; No one else was injured during the incident and the rest of the group was safely returned home later in the day. The fact that it was not possible to save him will remain with us for a very long time. We are currently unaware of what caused his breathing problems to the extent that he could not be brought to life, and this will undoubtedly be confirmed by the authorities in due course. & # 39;
A police spokesman said: & # 39; At 4:24 pm on Sunday, we received a report from the coast guard about a group that had probably been involved in coasters where one member ran into difficulties with Dancing Ledge at Langton Matravers.
& # 39; Unfortunately, a member of the group, a man in his forties, was declared dead on the spot. His immediate family has been informed and the coroner informed. Death is not treated as suspicious. & # 39;
Police said the man was declared dead near Dancing Ledge (file image)
A Coastguard spokesperson said: & HM Coastguard coordinated a major search and rescue operation between Dancing Ledge and Hedbury Head after a large number of people were reportedly in trouble in the water.
The coast guard helicopter was involved in the search and rescue operation (file image)
& # 39; Several reports arrived on Sunday at the Coast Guard around 3.30 pm from civilians and fishing vessels reporting a group of about eight to ten people in difficulty in the water and crying out for help.
& # 39; Swanage and St Albans Coastguard Rescue Teams, Swanage RNLI Lifeboats and the Lee-on-Solent Coastguard helicopter have all been sent to the area and a number of nearby ships have responded to help.
& # 39; The South Western Ambulance Service, HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) and Dorset Police were also on stage. It is believed that the victims ran into difficulties during coasteering and it was reported that they were wearing a lifejacket.
& # 39; Eight people were taken out of the water by the lifeboat and a ninth victim was found on the cliff by two of the lifeboats aboard the coast. A total of 12 victims, including three instructors, were taken to the nearby boathouse for medical assessment. & # 39;
A spokesperson for the South Western Ambulance Service confirmed that they had sent a paramedic on Sunday after a call at 3.32 p.m.
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