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Cowes Lifeboat Involved in Night-time Coastal Emergency

Lifeboats News Release

A young man and a woman were the focus of a shoreside rescue operation last night (Aug 2) involving Cowes RNLI lifeboat and Isle of Wight coastguards.

The alarm was raised by the young woman who used her mobile phone to tell coastguards that both needed help soon after starting to walk from Thorness to Gurnard.

The lifeboat launched just after midnight; also dispatched were Needles and Ventnor coastguards and an ambulance. Eventually the young woman, who lived in Newport, was escorted by coastguards along the cliff path to Gurnard Luck where she was attended to by paramedics.

Later the young man, who was Polish but had an address in Cowes, was also located after his shouts for help were heard. He, though, had received injuries while apparently attempting to climb the bush and rock covered cliff.

Eventually he was put on a stretcher aboard the lifeboat, which delivered him Trinity Landing, Cowes, where he was transferred to a waiting ambulance.

The lifeboat returned to station just after 2 am.


RNLI media contact

  • George Chastney, Cowes RNLI Volunteer Press Officer 07530 254052/ [email protected]
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) 0207 6207426/ 07785 296252/ [email protected]
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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