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coweslifeboat (1)The volunteer crew of Cowes RNLI launched to escort a yacht to safety earlier this afternoon (Saturday) after a woman fell unconscious whilst on the Solent.

HM Coastguard were alerted at around 14:00 that a female on board ‘Party’, a 36ft yacht, had become unwell whilst at sea off East Cowes.

The Atlantic-85 lifeboat from Cowes launched to rendezvous with the yacht, which was brought safely into Trinity Landing, Cowes.

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Although the woman had come round by the time the yacht reached land, paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service conveyed the casualty to St Mary’s Hospital as a precaution.

Photograph of the lifeboat launch thanks to Paul Kirkpatrick/@PaulKirkpatrick

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