Cowes lifeboat responds to late night river emergency

Lifeboats News Release

A woman with breathing difficulties aboard a motor-launch up the River Medina led to the launching of Cowes RNLI lifeboat late last night.

The 35-foot motor-launch was moored to an offshore pontoon near the Folly. Coastguards were alerted to the emergency through a 999 call, which appeared to suggest that the woman had lost consciousness. She was one of three people aboard at the time, one of them a child.


When the lifeboat arrived at the scene they found that paramedics were already on board the motor-launch, having been conveyed from their ambulance at the Folly by the vessel’s own RIB.


Eventually the woman, by then fully conscious, was conveyed ashore by the lifeboat and taken by ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital.


The lifeboat, which launched at 11.45 pm returned to station at 12.55 am.


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