Lifeboat and Helicopter Involved in Medical Emergency Drama

Lifeboats News Release

Cowes RNLI lifeboat and a Coastguard helicopter were involved in the Solent rescue of a yachtsman complaining of chest pains this evening.

The helicopter paramedic and a lifeboat crew member tend to the yachtsman prior to his transfer to a waiting ambulance.


lifeboat with yachtsman arrives at Trinity Landing.

The yachtsman was one of several people aboard the 38 foot Marta which was being towed by a motor cruiser from Cowes to Hamble. After he was transferred to the lifeboat the Lee on Solent-based Coastguard helicopter, which just happened to be in the area, lowered down a paramedic to carry out an examination.

Then the man and the paramedic were taken by the lifeboat to Trinity Landing, where lifeboat shore crew assisted in the man’s transfer to an ambulance waiting on The Parade for onward conveyance to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport.

Before returning to its station the lifeboat briefly went out into the Solent again, so that the helicopter could hoist back its paramedic.

The lifeboat, which had launched at 6.42 pm, was away from station for about one and half hours.

It was the second time in three days that the lifeboat had been in a ‘shout’ involving the Marta. On Monday evening it towed the yacht into Cowes after it went aground or struck an underwater object west of the town. And the same four crew members of the lifeboat were involved in both tasks.

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