Photo: Needles CRR



A multi-agency operation involving HM Coastguard, Cowes RNLI, Police and ambulance crews was launched late last night (Wednesday) in response to a teenager needing medical assistance at Gurnard.

The incident began at around 23:00 when a 16-year-old girl – known to suffer with cystic fibrosis – became unwell on a fairly remote section of coastline between Cowes and Thorness.

Paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service responded to the scene but it soon became clear that further assistance was required.

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The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked to the incident, with assistance then requested from Cowes RNLI lifeboat.

The female casualty was taken onboard the lifeboat and extracted to Trinity Landing in Cowes for onward conveyance to St Mary’s Hospital by Ambulance.

Emergency services then stood down and the incident was closed by 01:00.

Photo: Cowes RNLI

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1 month ago

Well done to all involved-‘hope she’s ok.

Richard collins
Richard collins
1 month ago

O dear I hope she is recovering. It takes a lot of work managing CF. I live in Ryde and too have cystic fibrosis. It has been very challenging to maintain my condition over the last 14 months. I would normally go to Southampton general every three months for tests and checkups. Normally my condition is under control. But in the last 14 months I’ve had three spells of ill health. I hope to be jabbed a second time soon then it’ll be safe for me to get to the CF clinic and get a full MOT. 🙂

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