Cowes RNLI lifeboat station, which provided assistance to a yachtsman who had a suspected heart attack, subsequently received welcome monetary gifts for its prompt actions.
The man had been aboard the 37 foot Femme Fatale in Osborne Bay on 21 June when he complained of chest pains and tingling in an arm. Although Cowes lifeboat and crew were made ready to race to the scene it was then stood down after Solent Coastguards were informed the yacht was making for Trinity Landing under its own power.
But the lifeboat crew had not yet finished playing a part in the incident. Several quickly made their way on foot to Trinity Landing, where Graham Creagh and Patrick Moreton were on hand to provide First Aid support to the man pending the arrival of hospital paramedics.
Subsequently the station received cheques totalling £2,120 as a result of a charity raffle and personal donations arising from the event in which Femme Fatale was competing, a Cowes-based regatta organised by the Leicester pipeline and heating company, BSS. Company managing director Frank Elkins said all those involved in the regatta were grateful for the speedy way people, including Cowes lifeboat, responded to the emergency.
Thanking him, lifeboat operations manager Mark Southwell told him: “The RNLI continues to rely on voluntary contributions and legacies. It is only through these we are able to provide our volunteer lifeboat crews, lifeguards and efficient boats, equipment and training that are needed to save lives at sea.”
He added he was delighted to be told the yachtsman had now recovered from his health scare. end.
Author: George Chastney