Woman walker injured on footpath near Seaton ‘acted quickly’ to raise the alarm using What3Words app

Rescuers from Beer Coastguard were on Saturday afternoon (August 7) tasked to search for a woman walker thought to have broken her wrist after a fall on a footpath near Seaton.

The casualty was quickly located after she used the What3Words app on her phone, ‘saving valuable time’ the coastguard said.

The woman was found on the undercliff coast path between Rousdon and Lyme Regis after rescuers walked for half-an-hour to reach her.

The casualty, who had been unable to walk immediately after injury, was checked over by the ambulance service and taken to hospital by friends.

Beer Coastguard, Lyme Regis Coastguard and the ambulance service were tasked to the incident shortly before 2pm.

A Lyme Regis Coastguard spokesperson said: “The casualty had acted quickly in calling for assistance.

“She had used the smartphone app what3words to provide accurate location of the incident.

“It saved valuable time in locating the casualty and making sure she received the best care as quickly as possible.”

Search teams tasked to look for the casualty, who was thought to be somewhere east of Allhallows pumping station, East Devon, reached her after accessing the coast path below the Rousdon Estate, between Colyford and Lyme Regis.

The casualty, who had slipped, had a suspected broken wrist, Lyme Regis Coastguard said.

“The female casualty was located somewhere on the undercliff coast path between Rousdon and Lyme Regis,” said the Lyme Regis Coastguard spokesperson.

“Our colleagues from Beer also responded in case the casualty required to be carried out on a stretcher.

“She had been unable to walk immediately after suffering the injury.

“The team accessed the coast path below the Rousdon Estate and then had a thirty- minute walk to locate the casualty.

“Once the casualty was located, her wrist was strapped and together with the coastguards was able to walk to a suitable place to meet the ambulance.”

They added: “Once checked over by the ambulance service, the casualty was taken to hospital by friends for further checks.”

A Beer Coastguard Rescue team spokesperson said: “A Lyme Regis search team located the casualty, and after initial treatment they were able to walk her to a point where an ambulance could get to.”

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