Cowes Lifeboat Goes to Aid of Unconscious Yachtswoman

24th April 2021

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 afternoon.

The 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.

Hardly 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.