Collapsed man prompts lifeboat and helicopter rescue

Lifeboats News Release

A man who collapsed while collecting mooring fees in Newtown Creek today (Saturday) led to a combined effort to rush him to hospital, involving Cowes RNLI lifeboat and a Coastguard helicopter.

Paramedic, aboard the lifeboat with the collapsed man, signals to the hovering helicopter.

RNLI/George Chastney

Paramedic with the stretchered man signals to the helicopter

The man had taken his tender alongside a yacht, well up Newtown Creek, when he is believed to have suffered a heart attack, causing him to collapse backwards, hitting his head.

Initially medically trained staff who happened to be crewing the yacht attended to him. Then urgent resuscitation procedures were carried out by a paramedic winched down from the Lee on Solent-based helicopter.

Because of the yacht’s location it was decided the man should be taken out of Newtown Estuary by the lifeboat, where under the direction of the paramedic he could then be winched into the helicopter. With the operation complete, he was flown to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth.

The lifeboat launched at 12.20 pm and returned to station at 1.50 pm.

Stretchered man arrives near the door of the helicopter.

RNLI/George Chastney

The stretchered man, about to be taken aboard the helicopter.

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