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Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat launched to assist Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 175 with an urgent medivac from a 35ft yacht this afternoon (Sunday).

Although already on scene some 20 miles south of Bembridge, Rescue 175 was unable to effect a hi-line transfer from the yacht because of the sea conditions – a 3m swell. The assistance of the ‘Alfred Albert Williams’ was soon requested.

The Tamar-class lifeboat and her volunteer crew hit the water at 15:50 and made speed to the given location of the badly injured casualty, confirmed as a 62-year-old woman suffering from a laceration to her head and a back injury.

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Arriving on scene at around 16:30, 2 crew members were transferred to the yacht to assist the helicopter’s paramedic – who was already onboard – to prepare the casualty for a transfer to the Coastguard helicopter via Bembridge Lifeboat.

The initial transfer to the All Weather Lifeboat was achieved whilst Rescue 175 went back to Lee-on-Solent to refuel.

Once back on scene, the flying crew of the helicopter safely winched the casualty and paramedic onboard and flew to Southampton General Hospital.

The ‘Alfred Albert Williams’ returned to Bembridge Lifeboat Station and was recovered by 17:45.

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