6th October 2018
A French yachtsman who was badly injured in the choppy and rain-swept
Solent today led to the launching of Cowes RNLI lifeboat.
The alarm was raised by the French crew of the 38-foot Canberra Star, reporting that
a member had injured his back when the boat was in the Osborne Bay area. The
yacht duly made its way to Trinity Landing, off Cowes Parade, where it was quickly
joined by the lifeboat.
Members of the lifeboat crew went aboard to carry out a full assessment of the
injured man, found to be wedged in the cockpit.
Then began the time-consuming process of trying to extract the injured yachtsman,
who had apparently fallen in the galley and was going in and out of consciousness.
Involved in the evacuation were members of the lifeboat and the station’s shore-
crew, together with harbour staff and the crew of an ambulance.
Finally, the man, thought to be in his early 40s, was eventually lifted on to a stretcher-
board and carried to a waiting ambulance, which took him to St Mary’s Hospital.
The Canberra Star was on charter from Gosport. The lifeboat returned to station just
after 1 pm.