Shoulder Injury Leads to Cowes RNLI Lifeboat Rescue

Lifeboats News Release

A kayaker who injured his shoulder on a lonely shore at Thorness was eventually rescued by Cowes RNLI lifeboat today (Wed).

Pictured on the lifeboat, back on the station slipway, are: (left to right) Jack Banks and Mark Scholes.

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Pictured on the lifeboat, back on the station slipway, are: (left to right) Jack Banks and Mark Scholes.

The kayaker had paddled ashore with the idea of starting a fire with driftwood, apparently as part of his camping plan. But as he began chopping the wood he dislocated a shoulder.

The lifeboat launched at 3.53 pm and on arrival strapped the man’s shoulder and arm. He was then taken to Trinity Landing at Cowes, where the lifeboat was met by Needles coastguards and other lifeboat members.

After being wrapped in a blanket the man walked to the lifeboat station, and minutes later was taken by car to St Mary’s Hospital.

The lifeboat returned to station at 4.55 pm.

Jack Bank, who only recently qualified as a helm, was in charge of the lifeboat, and it was the first shout as boat crew for Mark Scholes.

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Photo: Pictured on the lifeboat back on the station slipway are: (left to right) Jack Banks and Mark Scholes.

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