Portsmouth Lifeboat tasked to Pan Pan Emergency radio call for Injured Yachtsman

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboat was tasked this afternoon (Wednesday 25 April -2.22pm) to a Pan Pan emergency call from a yacht with an injured crewman onboard. The 50ft sailing vessel was approximately five miles south of Hayling Island when one of their crew slipped and broke his hip.

The Portsmouth RNLI Atlantic Lifeboat Norma T was launched immediately and made best speed through the choppy solent, arriving on scene moments after Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 175. With the casualty yacht pitching and rolling in the worsening conditions it would have been near impossible for the Helicopter winchman to be safely lowered directly onboard.
It was therefore decided that the coastguard winchman would transfer to the RNLI Lifeboat with his medical kit and then take one of our casualty care trained volunteer crew onboard with him to assess the injured gentleman.

Once onboard, the casualties awkward position became clear, he had slipped on the rear deck and was now laying between the two steering wheels making any movement difficult and incredibly painful. To mitigate further injury he was administered with pain relief and made comfortable in situ until reaching the shelter of Langstone harbour about an hour later.
Once in the harbour a waiting coastguard rescue unit and Portsmouth RNLI shore crew were able to assist with mooring and ambulance transfer.

RNLI/Aaron Gent

Still of Approaching yacht

RNLI/Brittany Jones

Yacht alongside pontoon

RNLI/Aaron Gent

Yacht Rolling in choppy sea

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