Cowes RNLI lifeboat was today tasked to go to the aid of a man who had suffered a suspected heart attack while taking part in a yacht race in the Solent.

The man, from London, was aboard the Cowes-based 40 foot La Response, participating in a race organised by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club at Cowes. The alarm was raised with Solent Coastguards just after 1 pm when the yacht was in the vicinity of South Ryde Middle Buoy.

The lifeboat, with Patrick Moreton at the helm, was racing to the scene when hailed by a five metre RIB; it had already taken the man aboard. The lifeboat proceeded to escort the RIB to Trinity Landing on Cowes Parade where the man, who was conscious, was given oxygen by a lifeboat member. He was then taken by ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport.

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The lifeboat had been away from its mooring at Shepards Wharf Marina for just over half an hour.

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