Cowes RNLI lifeboat was among rescue services that attended a large yacht in which a man was fatally injured in what was a near-gale south-westerly today.
The alert was sparked by a ketch radioing Solent Coastguards shortly after 1 pm that a person had been seriously injured. To the scene raced the Cowes Atlantic 85 lifeboat, the police launch Commander and the Lee-on-Solent based rescue helicopter.
The winchman from the helicopter was lowered to the yacht, and after he had assessed the casualty the yacht proceeded to Trinity Landing, escorted by the lifeboat. There the yacht was met by coastguards and the crew of an ambulance which took the casualty on to St Mary’s Hospital.
Earlier the lifeboat acted as go-between for the winchman, taking him on board then transferring him to the police launch from which he was lifted back into the helicopter.
This was the second incident in two days that Cowes lifeboat had been called out to a yacht where a yachtsman had been a casualty of strong winds. In the first a Norwegian was treated at St Mary’s for arm and shoulder injuries, from an apparent accidental gybe. It is understood that the yacht was based in Southampton and was on its way to Yarmouth but before the accident was diverting to Cowes because of the weather conditions.
Cowes lifeboat returned to station at 2.20 pm.
“Irrespective of the outcome, this was a good example of emergency services working in a joined up fashion to deal with a most unfortunate incident. It shows the value of joint training carried out in the Solent by all these rescue units.”
Police on the Isle of Wight are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a crash between a car and a tractor in Cowes early on Monday morning. A black Mazda 2 TS was involved in a collision with a tractor on Newport Road by the show ground and caught fire at around 6.05am.
The 43-year-old driver of the car was taken to St Mary’s hospital and was later transferred to Southampton General hospital with severe head injuries. His condition is described as life-threatening.
The driver of the tractor was not injured.
Anyone with any information or who saw the collision is asked to contact PC Peni Houghton at Fratton Road Policing Unit on 101 or via the website.
Hampshire police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted on the Isle of Wight.
The incident happened between midnight and 12.45am on Tuesday 27th August.
A woman had just been to the cashpoint at Lloyds Bank in Cowes when she was grabbed behind by an unknown man who then sexually assaulted her.
The 32-year-old victim managed to hit out at him and he fled from the scene of the attack.
DI Martin Chudley said: “We are appealing for witnesses to this serious sexual assault, which took place during the early hours of Tuesday morning. Officers would like to hear from anyone who was out at around that time, and who may have seen or heard anything that may assist the investigation."
The world's largest offshore yacht race began today in the Solent. More than 300 boats from 20 nations are competing in the 611-mile Fastnet Race, which started in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Hannah Costigan reports.