Cowes Lifeboat Station

Lifeboat and Helicopter in Mid-Solent Medical Emergency

9th June 2018

Two lifeboat members are involved in the initial mid-Solent assessment of the man.

Cowes RNLI lifeboat and the Lee-on-Solent Coastguard helicopter
were this afternoon (Saturday) called out to a yacht carrying a 43-
year-old man who had suffered a debilitating seizure.

The emergency occurred in the Solent, about one and half miles off Osborne Bay. The yachtsman, one of a number aboard 40-foot-yacht on charter from Port Solent, Portsmouth, had collapsed after suffering a fit, and was in a very weakened state in the cockpit.

The lifeboat helm, Mark Harker transferred Dr Will King and another crew member, Annie Simkin, to the yacht to assess the man’s condition. They were then joined by a paramedic who had been lowered from the helicopter, together with full medical kit.

Preparations are made aboard the yacht at Gunwharf Quay for the transfer to the ambulance.

Eventually it was decided the man, still in a collapsed state but conscious, should be taken by the yacht to Gunwharf Quay, Portsmouth, where he was transferred on a stretcher to an ambulance.

After escorting the yacht to Portsmouth, the now fully crewed lifeboat stopped briefly off Lee-on Solent for the paramedic to be winched back up into the helicopter.

The lifeboat, which had launched at 3.40 pm, had been off station for just over two hours. It was the first for-real shout for one of the four crew, Mark Crook, who had been undergoing training on the lifeboat earlier in that day.