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coastguard104helicoptergenerallowAn unconscious sailor was transferred ashore by RNLI lifeboat crews yesterday lunchtime (Sunday) after suffering a suspected heart attack whilst at sea.

The National Maritime Operations Center were alerted by a yacht at 11:05 that a 67-year-old male crew member was unconscious and not breathing near to Osborne Bay, East Cowes. In response to the message received, Calshot, Gosport and Hamble lifeboats were tasked to assist in a rescue that involved multiple emergency services working together.

Lifeboat crew members carried out CPR and continued basic life support with oxygen therapy and an AED shock was delivered.

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iwambulanceserviceCoastguard Rescue 104 helicopter from Lee-on-Solent was scrambled to the scene off Cowes, lowering a Doctor onto Gosport lifeboat to assess the casualty on board the Sunsail yacht. Deeming the sailor too unwell to be airlifted, lifeboats transferred the individual to Trinity Landing in Cowes to meet paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service. Police were also present at the scene.

Having been stabilised, Coastguard Rescue 104 was tasked a short while later to transfer the patient by air from St Mary’s Hospital to Southampton General Hospital.

The condition of the cardiac patient is unavailable.

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