Cowes lifeboat yachtsman emergency
A medical emergency involving a man who became ill on a 29-foot yacht led to the launching of Cowes RNLI lifeboat today (Wed 9 August).
The yacht, being sailed by two men, was two miles west of Cowes when Solent Coastguard were alerted to the problem. The lifeboat launched at 12.37 pm and eventually put two crew members on board, one of them a doctor.
The lifeboat then escorted the yacht to Trinity Landing where the man was taken by ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport.
The lifeboat returned to station at 1.40 pm.
RNLI media contact
- George Chastney, Cowes RNLI Volunteer Press Officer 07530 254052/ [email protected]
- Paul Dunt, RNLI Media Regional Officer (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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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
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