Bembridge RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat medivacs a crew member from a yacht

Lifeboats News Release

'RNLB Alfred Albert Williams' (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 5.23pm on 7 August at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to medevac a crew member who had fallen, been concussed and possibly had a neck injury onboard a 22m sailing yacht, with 18 crew onboard, 2nm east of Ventnor.

Lifeboat approaching CV21

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RNLB Alfred Albert Williams approaching CV21
The Alfred Albert Williams reached the yacht at 5.35pm and transferred two crew members and subsequently a stretcher to the yacht. Having assessed her injuries, the casualty was then transferred to the Alfred Albert Williams to await the arrival of the Coastguard helicopter (Rescue 175) that was already on task off the West Wight.
In the event it was subsequently decided to take the casualty back to the Offshore Boathouse to await the arrival of the helicopter. Having landed on the green opposite the Inshore Boathouse, the casualty was re-assessed by the helicopter's paramedic and it was concluded that although she had not done any damage to her neck, that she should still go to hospital to be checked over. At around 7.45pm, she made her own way (at her request) to St Mary's Hospital in Newport for a check-up.

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Lifeboat nearly alongside CV21

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RNLB Alfred Albert Williams about to come alongside CV21
Coastguard helicopter (Rescue 175) about to land

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Rescue 175 about to land close to Bembridge RNLI's Inshore Boathouse

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