Army Reservist Crawls For Two Hours After Leg Break
An Army reservist who sustained a double leg fracture staggered and crawled for more than two hours in the dark before being found by a rescue team.
Tim Robinson, 54, fell during a walk after slipping on rocks on a beach east of Lyme Regis.
He was found after having travelled for three-quarters of a mile, by a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat crew, West Bay Coastguards and his worried wife, Paula.
Lifeboat crew and coastguards located Mr Robinson during a shoreline search, eight minutes after having launched.
Mr Robinson was taken aboard the lifeboat to a waiting ambulance at Lyme Regis harbour. From his hospital bed in Dorchester he said:
"I just slipped on a rock and have two fractures of the right leg. Everyone who helped me was just terrific."
Jon Broome, who was in charge of the lifeboat for his first 'shout' (rescue) since qualifying as a helm, said:
"It was a very well organised rescue by all involved. It seems Mr Robinson used sticks to help him stagger and crawl towards Seatown after the injury."
Mr and Mrs Robinson, from the Derby area, had been staying in Bridport on a short holiday.
After raising the alarm, Mrs Robinson had started to walk along the beach from Seatown looking for her husband. She said:
"Luckily, Tim had a torch but no mobile phone. I saw a flicker of light and thought it must be him. But I picked up a rock, just in case it wasn’t!"
Cover image: Tim Robinson being helped by RNLI and coastguard volunteers