Injured yachtswoman attended to by Cowes lifeboat
Cowes lifeboat was launched yesterday evening after a woman sustained a potentially serious head injury on a yacht.
The 32 foot yacht was near the entrance to Cowes Harbour when the woman, believed to be in her sixties, was apparently hit by the boom in the gusty conditions.
Cowes lifeboat was involved when the boat arrived at Shepards Wharf Marina; after manoeuvring the yacht on to an empty pontoon slot, crew members provided casualty care. Also giving assistance were coastguards from Bembridge.
The woman was then taken by ambulance to Newport’s St Mary’s Hospital.
The lifeboat, which launched at 5.26 pm, returned to station about an hour later.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.