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LIFEBOAT RACES TO COWES WEEK CASUALTY

rnlicowesnew3A yachtsman was rushed ashore by Cowes RNLI lifeboat yesterday afternoon (Sunday) after suffering a head injury from a spinnaker boom.

The call came from Solent Coastguard as the lifeboat crew was preparing for a safety patrol among the yachts competing in that day’s Cowes Week regatta, being staged in brisk windy conditions. As the lifeboat approached the area of East Lepe Buoy, the yacht identified itself amongst the many racers by setting off a flare.

A lifeboat crew member, Dr Will King, went aboard to carry out a preliminary examination of the man, in his thirties and still conscious. He was eventually taken by the lifeboat to Trinity Landing to where an ambulance had been summoned to take the yachtsman to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport.

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Waiting at Trinity Landing to assist in the transfer were members of the lifeboat’s shore crew; minutes before they were on hand to help in the transfer of another yachtsman who had received a head injury and also needed a hospital check-up. He had been landed by Gosport lifeboat.

Cowes lifeboat was later tasked to go to a 50ft yacht, Saga, which had gone aground just west of the entrance to Beaulieu River. But lifeboat helm, Max Rimington, decided the best course was to let the yacht float on its own accord by the rising tide.

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