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HEART ATTACK ALARM LEADS TO LIFEBOAT LAUNCH

cowesrnliThe crew of Cowes RNLI were tasked to launch earlier this afternoon (Tuesday) after HM Coastguard were alerted that a man aboard a boat in the western Solent had suffered a suspected heart attack.

The catamaran ‘White Maiden’ had been charted in Lymington to take a group of anglers fishing on the Solent, when one of the passengers became unwell. The National Maritime Operations Centre in Fareham tasked Cowes RNLI to the incident, with the lifeboat successfully launched at 16:24.

It was soon discovered that the fishing boat had managed to reach Cowes Harbour under its own power. When the casualty came alongside Trinity Landing in Cowes, lifeboat crew member Andrea Vaughan went aboard with a First Aid kit and was quickly joined by paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service, who had previously been summonsed to The Parade.

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The man, who was of mature years and conscious, was eventually taken to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport. His condition is unknown.

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