Breaking News First reported by Island Echo


Cowes RNLI lifeboat launched to assist a 19-year-old male whose legs were crushed in a 2-boat collision on the Solent earlier this afternoon (Sunday).

The teenager was 1 of 4 men aboard a 25ft Cowes Week yacht that was involved in a collision with another yacht while his legs were dangling over the side.

The incident occurred near Ryde Middle Buoy in the Eastern Solent in fresh winds.

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Volunteer crews members on board the lifeboat, including Dr Will King, attended to the injured man and put him into a special stretcher. An alongside tow eventually proceeded to Trinity Landing at Cowes, with the injured teenager remaining on the yacht’s deck.

Paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service were waiting at The Parade alongside The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team. The awaiting ambulance conveyed the teenager to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport with a suspected fractured leg.

The lifeboat launched at just before noon and returned to station by 13:35.

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