An emergency radio alert that an elderly woman had become unconscious on a yacht led to Cowes lifeboat and the Lee on Solent-based Solent helicopter rushing to the scene at lunch-time today.
The call had gone out from the 40 foot Omert, anchored in Newtown Estuary, which was on charter from Lymington with around 10 people aboard.
First on the scene was the helicopter whose paramedic was lowered to carry out a preliminary assessment of the woman, who although had recovered consciousness was disoriented.
The paramedic was soon joined on the yacht by lifeboat crew members Peter Murphy-Latham and Graham Creagh who helped put the woman into a stretcher to be lifted up into the helicopter. The woman, aged 84 and from Surrey, was flown to the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth.
Meanwhile the professional crew aboard the Omerta arranged for the remainder of the charter party to be quickly taken by an inflatable boat back to Lymington from where they could drive to the hospital.
The lifeboat, which launched at 1.54 pm, returned to station at 2.20 pm.
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer