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Yarmouth RNLI rescues three sailors from two Round the Island Race yachts

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Whilst patrolling the western Solent during the annual Round the Island Race this morning (Saturday 1st July), the RNLI's Yarmouth all-weather lifeboat was called to two injured sailors, a suspected burst appendix and a grounded yacht.

Yarmouth lifeboat crew board yacht 'Marathon' with the help of the Lymington lifeboat

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Yarmouth lifeboat crew board yacht 'Marathon' with the help of the Lymington lifeboat
The volunteer Yarmouth crew received the first request for help at 7.18am from the yacht Quokka, which had hit a submerged object just east of The Needles resulting in one of her crew members sustaining a broken shoulder and another, minor head injuries. Once on scene, with assistance from the RNLI's Lymington lifeboat, two Yarmouth lifeboat crew were put aboard the yacht to assess the casualties and assist in their safe transferral to the Yarmouth lifeboat, which then returned them to Yarmouth harbour and an awaiting ambulance.

The second call for assistance came at 8.05am from the 48ft yacht Marathon reporting the collapse of a crew member. The lifeboat came alongside the yacht just off Hurst Castle and the casualty, with a suspected burst appendix, was transferred to the lifeboat from where they were airlifted to hospital by the UK Coastguard's Search and Rescue Helicopter.

Lastly, at 10.41am the lifeboat was tasked to assist yacht Ajax which had run aground on Atherfield Ledge, however when the lifeboat reached the scene the casualty vessel was found to have re-floated without assistance and was then able to proceed with the race.

All in all, a very eventful morning for Yarmouth's volunteer crew, following on from a busy period of five launches in ten days.

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Neck injury on board yacht 'Quokka' prepared for transfer to Yarmouth lifeboat

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Neck injury on board yacht 'Quokka' prepared for transfer to Yarmouth lifeboat
Yarmouth lifeboat crew await the UK Coastguard's Search and Rescue helicopter

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Yarmouth lifeboat crew await the UK Coastguard's Search and Rescue helicopter

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