Cowes lifeboat attends two similar Solent emergencies

Lifeboats News Release

Two incidents on separate shores of the Solent, each – coincidentally - involving people who had ingested water, led to a busy time for Cowes RNLI lifeboat yesterday (Saturday) evening.

The first call-out concerned a man and a women needing assistance in the sea off Lepe in Hampshire. The lifeboat, which launched at 8.14 pm arrived to find that although the couple had by then made the shore, both were suffering flrom cold and from the effects of swallowing sea-water.

They were attended to by lifeboat crew member, Dr Will King, who administered oxygen. Eventually they were taken to a waiting ambulance for assessment.

Then, just as the lifeboat was in the process of being recovered into the Cowes station, there came another alert over concerns for a man and a woman in the sea off East Cowes. `

The lifeboat crew arrived to find both sick from water ingestion; although the man quickly recovered, the woman was eventually stretchered to a waiting ambulance. Again Dr King played a key role in the initial care, once more administering oxygen.

Coastguard teams also attended both emergencies, with one from Lymington at Lepe, and two from Bembridge and Ventnor at East Cowes.

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