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PERSON IN THE WATER SPARKS EMERGENCY INCIDENT IN COWES

UPDATED: Cowes RNLI Lifeboat, Coastguard Rescue 175 helicopter, Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team and paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service are dealing with an ongoing incident in Cowes this lunchtime (Friday).

The lifeboat was tasked to launch by Solent Coastguard at around 11:35.

Emergency personnel – including 2 ambulances – are currently situated at Trinity Landing on Cowes Parade, but it is unclear at this moment in time what has sparked the large response.

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Coastguard Rescue 175 is circling above the town.

UPDATE @ 12:34 – An ambulance is rushing to St Mary’s Hospital under Police escort, according to Island Echo readers.

An air ambulance is said to have landed at St Mary’s helipad in the last few minutes.

UPDATE @ 12:39 – It has been confirmed that a person – understood to be a male – has been pulled from the water and rushed to Cowes under lifeboat escort.

A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has told Island Echo:

“HM Coastguard is currently coordinating a response following a MAYDAY reporting a person in the water north of Osborne Bay shortly after 10.30 this morning.

“Cowes RNLI lifeboat has been sent along with Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team and the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent is also on scene.

“The person was pulled out of the water by a passing vessel and escorted by the lifeboat to shore. The casualty has been passed into the care of the Isle of Wight ambulance service.

“We have no further information at this time”.

UPDATE @ 14:24 – It is understood that the man was thrown overboard whilst racing on the Solent in the RS Elite class. Shockingly, he was dragged along by the yacht.

Competitors noticed the incident unfolding and a sailor from another vessel rushed to his aid by jumping into the water.

It is unknown at this time if the man has survived.

UPDATE @ 16:00 – Sadly, the male was pronounced dead at St Mary’s Hospital.

Read more at https://www.islandecho.co.uk/cowes-week-sailor-dies-after-friday-racing-incident/.

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