UPDATED: The volunteer crew of Cowes RNLI have been launched to a medical emergency on board a yacht in the Solent this afternoon (Wednesday).

The inshore B-class lifeboat was tasked to the incident by Solent Coastguard at just before 14:30.

It is understood the medical emergency has occurred on board a Sunsail yacht off the north coast of the Island, close to Osborne Bay. The vessel set off from Cowes Harbour at 08:00 this morning.

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UPDATE @ 19:05 – Cowes RNLI have confirmed that the medical emergency was as a result of a yachtsman, 1 of 6 people aboard the yacht, suffering back and shoulder injuries.

The call to launch was received just as the lifeboat crew had boarded their Atlantic 85 craft for an exercise.

After being given initial treatment by lifeboat members, the casualty was transferred on a stretcher to the lifeboat and taken to Fishbourne, where an ambulance was waiting to convey him to St Mary’s Hospital.

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

The lifeboat returned to station at 16:20.

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