Cowes lifeboat responds to emergency call
A radio call for help led to the launching of Cowes RNLI lifeboat this afternoon, to search for a boat.
Although it was believed the boat was not far from Cowes Harbour, near Prince Consort Buoy, the lifeboat search proved fruitless. However, it was eventually discovered the emergency involved a crew member who had suffered a broken arm aboard a yacht which by then was in the Royal Yacht Squadron Haven.
At the time of the injury the yacht was taking part in a RYS race.
The lifeboat went to the haven to offer help. Shortly after the man was taken by friends in a car to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport.
The lifeboat, which launched at 2.28 pm, returned to station at 3.15 pm.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.