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.
It's a new approach to teaching that may sound eccentric - but some believe making children take their shoes off at school is making a real difference to their learning
The concept is on the rise around the world.
Supporters say it makes classrooms quieter and calmer and pupils more relaxed and willing to work.
Christine Alsford has been to Lanesend Primary at Cowes on the Isle of Wight where they are hailing their 'shoes off' policy a success.
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.
Police are investigating after a woman was found with serious injuries at an address on the Isle of Wight.
They were called to a property in Fraser Close, Cowes last night, where the woman lives.
She has been taken to hospital for treatment to her injuries.
A police spokesperson said, "The address is being examined by officers for potential evidence to establish how the woman was injured.
"We're keeping an open mind about the cause of the woman's injuries at this early stage of enquiries.
"The possibility of a crime has not been ruled out."
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."
Video. Old Gaffers are racing off Cowes this weekend. It's part of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Old Gaffers Association. Jonathan Marland reports.
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.
Crews are getting ready to take part in the annual Fastnet Race which sets off from Cowes on Sunday - and is known as one of the sport's toughest challenges. Sally SImmonds reports.
Eight people onboard a yacht were stranded for nearly seven hours yesterday off the Isle of Wight as part of Cowes week.
The RNLI said the boat was caught because the tide went out while they were travelling against the wind.
The crew had to wait for the tide to come back in before an RNLI boat could save them.
Cowes week is underway off the Isle of Wight - with more than 100,000 people taking part, both on and off the water. And as Dave Russell reports, a Royal visitor was among the crowds today.