Unwell yachtswoman rushed ashore by Cowes lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

An unwell woman aboard a 28-foot yacht with a broken down engine led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat racing across the Solent this (Thurs) evening.

Lifeboat enters Cowes harbour with the unwell woman

RNLI/Nick Edwards

Cowes lifeboat with the unwell woman enters Cowes harbour.

The yacht was reported to be drifting north-east of Hillhead Buoy, close to the Hampshire shore.

The lifeboat launched at 6.10 pm, and eventually took the woman aboard for a speedy return to Cowes; then at Trinity Landing the woman, was helped by Ventnor coastguards and an ambulance crew to a waiting ambulance and taken to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport.

At 7.50 pm the yacht, too, arrived at Trinity Landing, having been towed across the Solent by a RIB. The yacht’s three remaining crew members had been joined for the crossing by a member of the lifeboat crew.

Yacht is towed towards Cowes by a RIB.

RNLI/Nick Edwards

The yacht is towed towards Cowes by a RIB.

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