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rescue104sandownbeachUPDATED: Locals and holidaymakers in Sandown were surprised at the arrival of a helicopter on the beach this evening (Thursday) tasked to airlift a medical patient to hospital.

Coastguard Resue 104 helicopter from Lee-on-Solent was called to assist the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service on Sandown Seafront shortly after 18:35.

Readers have reported that a person suffered a medical episode outside one of the seafront hotels.

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The patient was rapidly transferred into the helicopter and airlifted to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport.

UPDATE FRIDAY: The male patient was further airlifted from St Mary’s Hospital to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham at around 20:30 last night, it has been confirmed. The man had suffered a heart attack.

It is unclear as to why the patient was not airlifted straight to the mainland.

Thanks to @bullderdash for the photograph


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