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Cowes Lifeboat Attends Fatal Cowes Week Incident

Lifeboats News Release

Cowes RNLI lifeboat raced through rough sea today to go to the aid of a yachtsman, seriously injured after falling into the sea during Cowes Week racing.

The scene on the Trinity Landing pontoon as desperate attempts were made to resuscitate the yachtsman.


The scene on the Trinity Landing pontoon as desperate attempts were made to resuscitate the yachtsman.

First to reach him was a man who dived in from another yacht, Riff Raff, part of the RS Elite fleet.

Arriving on the scene after the man had been put aboard a RIB, the lifeboat then escorted the RIB to the pontoon of Trinity Landing. There lifeboat crew and members of the RIB were involved in the initial protracted resuscitation efforts.

Two of the lifeboat crew soon briefly left the scene to pick up a paramedic, winched down from the Coastguard helicopter. Also on the pontoon to provide medical help were ambulance crew and Ventnor coastguards.

Eventually the man was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, where he was later pronounced dead.

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