Two Southampton men who got into difficulties in a strong ebb tide became the subject of a cross-Solent dash by Cowes lifeboat this (Thurs) afternoon.
The men, who were middle-aged, had entered the sea at Stanwood Point, Lepe, and had apparently been struggling after being in the water for about 30 minutes. Fortunately, they were then helped ashore by a kayaker. The lifeboat arrived at the beach to provide initial on the spot medical support.
“We found them to be very tired and to have swallowed a lot of water,” said lifeboat crew member Jack Banks. “We provided casualty care and were joined by coastguards from Lymington. Eventually the men were taken by ambulance to hospital in Southampton.
“The reason they gave for taking the plunge was they just wanted to cool off in the heat.”
The lifeboat had launched at launched at 2 pm and returned to station at 2.55 pm.
Calshot RNLI Lifeboat and Lymington Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked.
A man suffering from serious chest
pains aboard a yacht in Newtown Creek led to a rescue operation late yesterday
(Friday) evening, involving Cowes RNLI lifeboat and the Coastguard helicopter.
The lifeboat had been out in the Solent for crew assessment when just before 9 pm it was diverted from Stanswood Bay to the emergency. On arrival they found the man and a woman aboard a yacht.
The man was tended by a woman paramedic from a passing yacht and the winchman from the Coastguard helicopter, who had first been lowered to the lifeboat. Also put aboard the yacht were two lifeboat crew members.
The couple were eventually transferred by the lifeboat to the helicopter, which had landed on a nearby shingle beach. They were then flown to a hospital in Southampton.C
A semi-conscious girl aboard a training yacht sparked a call for help to Cowes RNLi lifeboat yesterday (Thurs) evening.
The lifeboat had been on a training exercise in the Solent when alerted to the yacht, in Osborne Bay. Two lifeboat members went aboard to assess the girl’s condition; eventually the yacht was escorted to Trinity Landing, where an ambulance was waiting to take her to hospital.
The lifeboat’s routine training evening looked to be further disrupted when police asked the lifeboat to assist in a search for a missing person. However, this time the lifeboat was soon stood down.
Before the two shouts lifeboat members were able to inspect the latest Shannon Class lifeboat, moored at Trinity Landing in connection with that evening’s Cowes Classic Week prize-giving at the Royal London Yacht Club. Among those attending was the RNLI’s chief executive, Mark Dowie – who also was one of the prize-winners.
Cowes RNLI lifeboat had a busy
weekend, providing safety cover and being called to help yachts in
On Saturday the lifeboat joined with other lifeboats to provide safety cover for the Island Sailing Club’s 90th Round the Island Race, attracting entries of over 1,000 yachts. Between 6 am and 7 pm three patrols were mounted by the station, each with different crews.
Cowes lifeboat’s services were, however, only required in the afternoon – after a headsail on a 40-foot yacht was jammed and the engine failed to start. The yacht was assisted to a mooring off Cowes, to await a tow-in from a Cowes Harbour launch; then the lifeboat was tasked to go the aid of yacht which had been damaged in a two-boat collision.
First to reach the yacht, off Calshot Spit, was the Calshot lifeboat, who requested that Cowes lifeboat put aboard two crew members, one of them a doctor, to give casualty care to a yachtsman who had a chest injury. The yacht, which had a damaged hull above the waterline, was towed by Calshot lifeboat to Hamble Point Marina for an emergency lift. The injured crew member did not require further treatment.
Then today (Sunday) Cowes lifeboat was tasked to go to a 32-foot yacht which had gone aground on the Bramble Bank at the entrance of Southampton Water. On board were two men – one of whom had a mild head injury – two women, and a 15-year-old girl.
So hard-aground was the yacht that the lifeboat failed in an attempt to tow it off. Although it had been planned to take three of the people, including the girl, back to Cowes, the yacht was eventually ‘bounced’ afloat by a wave. Then with everyone back on board, it was able to proceed to Hythe.
Yet another ‘shout’ for Cowes lifeboat came this evening when it was tasked to go to the aid of a small sailing boat apparently in trouble off Seaview. But as the lifeboat was on its way to the scene, Coastguards told them they were not needed after all. E
A 34 foot yacht which sprang a leak
after apparently hitting a rock between Gurnard and Thorness, led to Cowes RNLI
lifeboat racing to its aid this evening.
After the holing the yacht, with five people aboard, attempted to make its way across the Solent back to its home port of Hamble. As water gushed through the damaged hull the lifeboat was duly summoned by Solent Coastguards, and reached the yacht just off Calshot Spit.
“On our arrival it became clear, after raising the floor, there was an urgent need to put aboard our pump,” said the lifeboat helm, Jason Hughes.
“The pumping must have lasted for about half an hour, during which time we towed the yacht to Hamble Point Marina; there it was met by Hamble harbour master and a Coastguard rescue team, and was quickly lifted out of the water.”
The lifeboat had launched at 6.45 pm and returned to station at 9.30 pm.
A smoking motor-cruiser led to the launching of Cowes RNLI lifeboat today (Sat).
The alarm was raised by a man aboard a 31-foot motor-cruiser after seeing smoke pouring from the engine. The motor-cruiser was on its way to a mainland destination following refurbishment work at a River Medina boat-yard, and was accompanied by a RIB helmed by the man’s son.
After dealing with the smoke with an onboard extinguisher the man transferred to the RIB to await the arrival of assistance.
Cowes lifeboat, which had launched at 12.50 pm, eventually gave the motor-cruiser an alongside tow to Trinity Landing at Cowes where it was met by local firemen, coastguard teams from Bembridge and The Needles, and Cowes Harbour personnel.
A 25-year-old woman who sustained injuries while sailing
a dinghy in the River Medina led to the launching of Cowes RNLI lifeboat this
woman had apparently fallen backwards as she attempted to sail in a brisk
south-easterly wind, and during the incident twice knocked her head and received
pelvic injuries as well as a possible spinal injury.
The lifeboat, which launched at 2 pm, transferred the barely conscious woman from the Kingston Marina training pontoon to Kingston, East Cowes, where she was initially treated in an ambulance before the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance arrived on scene, although it was not required.
had the lifeboat returned to station, that at 3.20 pm it was launched again,
this time in response to a report that a jet-skier had ended up in the water
near the Cowes Harbour entrance. The emergency began when the jet-ski had
broken down in and was taken in tow by a yacht, but had then capsized.
The man, who was given a blanket but declined any further treatment, was taken to Trinity Landing. Meanwhile the jet-ski was towed to Cowes by a local harbour commission launch.
Cowes RNLI lifeboat was launched late last (Wednesday) night to go to the aid of a 16-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis who became ill on a secluded beach at Gurnard.
The IW Ambulance Service were on scene along with the Needles Coastguard Rescue Team, as the terrain was too rough for a transfer on foot, Cowes Lifeboat was tasked to assist. After being helped on to the lifeboat she was brought to Trinity Landing where an ambulance was waiting on The Parade to take her to hospital.
The lifeboat launched at 11.20 pm and returned to station just after midnight.
A full-scale air, sea and shore search was mounted in challenging wintry conditions at lunch-time today (Tuesday) over fears that a 30 year old woman might have disappeared overboard from a car ferry.
After reports that
although the woman bought a ticket at Wightlink’s Fishbourne car ferry terminal
it was believed she was not among the passengers who disembarked at Portsmouth.
Cowes RNLI lifeboat was launched just before 2pm to take part in an extensive search of the Solent, where the choppy sea was whipped up by a strong and bitterly cold easterly wind.
Also involved in the
search were Ryde and Gosport independent lifeboats, Portsmouth lifeboat and the
Lee on Solent coastguard helicopter. Meanwhile coastguard teams from Bembridge,
Ventnor and Portsmouth were tasked to investigate the relevant shorelines.
search was called off after police concluded that, contrary to what was first believed,
she had after all disembarked at Portsmouth.
returned to station just before 4 pm.