19th June 2015
A report from a luxury motor-yacht of an unconscious man led to the launching of Cowes RNLI lifeboat shortly after 5 pm today.
The motor-yacht had raised the alarm with Solent Coastguard while in Osborne Bay.
Also to the scene raced the Cowes Harbour launch, HM1, Gosport lifeboat, the coastguard helicopter from Lee on Solent and another yacht, Cinnibar, whose crew subsequently plucked some people from the water.
A seriously injured young man was eventually airlifted to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport. Another person was taken by ambulance to the hospital after being landed at Cowes by Gosport lifeboat.
It is believed that there were originally a dozen or so people on the motor-yacht. After the incident the majority were taken ashore by the Cowes and Gosport lifeboats and HM1. Cowes lifeboat also towed into Cowes a water-jet powered RIB from the scene. Later the remaining few people left on the motor-yacht brought the vessel into Cowes, escorted by a police launch.
Some of the motor-yacht’s occupants were taken to the lifeboat station to help recover from the incident, although several then decided to travel on to the hospital.
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.