Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat assisted in transferring 2 poorly patients to Southampton General Hospital from the Isle of Wight overnight.
At just gone 23:05, Solent Coastguard tasked the launch of Yarmouth’s All Weather Lifeboat following a rare, time critical request from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.
The lifeboat made good speed to Trinity Landing in Cowes – arriving at 23:45 – where Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team were on hand to assist in transferring 2 patients from awaiting ambulances.
As quickly and as safely as possible, the individuals were placed onto Yarmouth Lifeboat before being rushed across the Solent to Warsash, Southampton at 00:35.
Hillhead Coastguard Rescue Team were waiting on the other side to transfer the patients back off the lifeboat and into ambulances for onward conveyance to Southampton General when the lifeboat arrived at 00:50.
Yarmouth’s volunteer crew were back on station by 01:50.
It’s understood that both the air ambulance and the Coastguard helicopter were unable to carry out a transfer.
The patients are not thought to be linked to coronavirus.