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