Cowes lifeboat joins search for woman

Lifeboats News Release

Concern about the welfare of a 54 year old woman led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat carrying out an extensive search of the western Solent today (Sat).

She was eventually located on the shore at Thorness by a member of the public and Ventnor coastguards. As she had suffered a back injury, it was arranged for her to be flown by coastguard helicopter to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport.

Also attending the scene were Needles coastguard members.

The lifeboat, which launched at 10.35 am, returned to station at 1.45 pm.

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