Cowes RNLI Lifeboat Responds to Injured Yachtsman Alert

Lifeboats News Release

An elderly man who received a head injury during a Cowes Week race today (Saturday) became a top priority for the local RNLI lifeboat.

Stock photo of Cowes Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

RNLI/Nick Edwards

Stock photo of Cowes Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

The man was one of three people aboard a Solent Sunbeam which capsized and sank off Thorness Bay. All three were wearing lifejackets, and were finally rescued by another yacht.

When the lifeboat, which had launched just before 2 pm for a training exercise, arrived on the scene it took aboard the Sunbeam crew, and made for Trinity Landing in Cowes Harbour; there an ambulance was waiting to convey the injured man, also thought to have ingested sea water, to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport.

Also at the landing were coastguard teams from The Needles and Ventnor.

The lifeboat returned to station at 2.55 pm.


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