Lifeboat Exercise Turns to Real Life Rescue

10th May 2017

The injured yachtsman being attended to by lifeboat crew members.

Cowes lifeboat was remarkably quick off the mark when an urgent request was received at the station this afternoon to evacuate an injured yachtsman.

The call was received from HM Coastguards just as the lifeboat crew had boarded their Atlantic 85 craft Sheena Louise for an exercise. So immediately the volunteers switched to life-saving mode, racing out into the Solent to aid the crewman, on a yacht off Norris Buoy, west of Osborne Bay.

The yachtsman, one of six people aboard the yacht, had suffered back and shoulder injuries. After being given initial treatment by lifeboat members he was transferred on a stretcher to the lifeboat and taken to Fishbourne, where an ambulance was waiting to convey him to Newport’s St Mary’s Hospital.

As former firemen were crewing the yacht and a police launch had arrived on the boat to help lower the sails there was no shortage of other First Aid expertise on the scene.

The lifeboat, which left the station at 2 pm, returned at 4.20 pm.

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer