Injured elderly man involved in river rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Rescue services, including Cowes RNLI lifeboat, were today (Sat) alerted to an incident in the River Medina in which an 81 year old man suffered a painful hip injury on an offshore pontoon.

The pontoon, just south of the floating bridge, is used as a fuel depot, and it appears the man slipped while transferring from a boat on to the pontoon.

Launching just after 5 pm, the lifeboat was joined at the scene by a Cowes Harbour launch and, later, by Bembridge coastguards - with an ambulance standing by on the Cowes shore.

Eventually the man, after being given pain-killers, was stretchered on to the harbour launch and landed at Shepards Marina where the ambulance took him on to St Mary’s Hospital. The lifeboat returned to station at 6.50 pm

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