7th October 2018
A man who said he would have died but for prompt emergency treatment he
received in Newtown Estuary in the summer paid a ‘thank you’ visit to Cowes
RNLI lifeboat station.
Jack Cameron-Wallace, who was accompanied on the visit by his wife, Marie-Anne,
had been working as Assistant Harbour Master at Newtown last June when he
collapsed with a heart attack in his boat, hitting his head, while collecting mooring
After being initially treated by medically trained staff who just happened to be on a
nearby yacht, he then received urgent resuscitation procedures on the yacht from a
paramedic, winched down from a Coastguard helicopter. Because the yacht was
located well up the creek the lifeboat then conveyed the man out of the estuary to be
winched into the helicopter and taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth.
Anne-Marie told lifeboat members at the Cowes station that her husband, who spent
two weeks in Queen Alexandra, owes his life to all those who so quickly and expertly
came to his aid. The couple presented two tins of luxury biscuits for the crew, a
cheque for the RNLI and a bottle of fizz to be auctioned for funds.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Mark Southwell said, “It is lovely to see you are on the
mend, and it is such a kind gesture to come and visit us like this.”
Mark Harker, Helm of the lifeboat on the call-out, said, “It makes all our efforts so
worth-while when we learned at first hand of such an excellent outcome.”
Jack said they had already visited those manning the yacht and would soon be
visiting the helicopter crew at Lee-on-Solent.