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.”
It is the second time in two weeks the charity’s lifeguards have been called upon to save someone dragged out of their depth by the strong water currents that flow close to the harbour arm.
The latest rescue, on Thursday 7 August, involved a fully-clothed 14-year-old girl who was splashing around in the shallows on a lilo with a friend when she fell off and was swept out of her depth.
RNLI lifeguard Dan Seagrove-Castle spotted the danger early and raced to the girl’s aid on his rescue board before she was taken further out to sea. He helped the relieved youngster onto his board and paddled her back to the safety of the beach.
"Our lifeguards are trained to spot dangers early and react quickly before a situation can escalate. In this instance Dan did exactly that by rescuing the girl before the rip current took her further round the harbour arm and potentially into a busy shipping channel. This is the second time in a fortnight we’ve needed to rescue someone from this spot at Ramsgate. This is a known hazardous area and we strongly advise people not to swim there. We’d urge members of public to follow the advice on the safety signs and swim between the red and yellows flags."
A brandy bottle that was left to the charity in a woman's will has been unveiled at the Poole RNLI centre today.
Mary Sennett left a note alongside the bottle with instructions to keep the bottle until 2014, where it should be sold at auction for the RNLI and WWF UK.
The special brandy was locked away in a safe by the RNLI after Mrs Sennett passed away in 1990.
A 12-year-old girl and her older brother were rescued off Ramsgate beach on Wednesday after they got caught in a rip current.
As the school holidays are now underway, the RNLI are warning beach goers about under lying currents.
Alexandra Hewitt from Ramsgate had been with friend splashing around the shallows when the current carried her and her 21-year-old brother out of their depth, past the harbour.
Beach lifeguard Jack Basson plucked the pair to safety as they were being swept out to sea.
Video. "Mindless vandalism that could cost lives." That's the reaction to an incident which saw two inshore rescue lifeboats slashed and punctured at a seaside resort, used by thousands of holidaymakers.
It happened at Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, just days before the school holidays and at the peak of the summer season. All crew members and the back-up teams are volunteers, and raise their own funds.
July and August are the busiest months of the year for the rescue teams. Last year they saved nearly 100 people who got into difficulty in the water. And they are usually on call 365 days of the year, but not any more.
Dave Russell reports, and spoke to Adrian Farrell from Ryde Inshore Lifeboat.
Lifeguards will be patrolling the beach in Bognor Regis this summer for the first time. The new service from the RNLI, on behalf of Arun District Council, is being launched this weekend.
The lifeguards will be on patrol from 10am - 6pm every day from Saturday 5th July until the 7th September.
Teams will be equipped with the latest lifesaving equipment including rescue tubes, defibrillators and spinal boards.
RNLI Lifeguard Manager Rory Smith said: "We're delighted to team up with Arun District Council to help keep visitors to Bognor Regis's beach safe during the summer.
"Building on the expertise we have developed through 13 years of providing beach patrols elsewhere on the coast, our new lifeguards have been training hard in preparation for the season's opening on Saturday 5 July.
"Bognor is a busy seaside resort which attracts lots of tourists and locals to its beaches and our lifeguards will be keeping them safe throughout the summer months."
The RNLI has been reminding the public that 'alcohol and water do not mix'. The alert comes after one man jumped from Brighton Pier after one too many drinks.
Roger Cohen, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Brighton RNLI said:
"We all know what it's like; a hot day, a few drinks with friends, the sun beating down. Suddenly the sea becomes a seductive and inviting way to cool off. But as these, and other incidents, show, alcohol and water don't mix.
"My lifeboat crew who assisted the man that jumped from the pier believed he was heavily under the influence of drink - they assessed his condition and concluded he had been drinking.
"What seemed like a bit of harmless fun jumping from the pier into the sea below could have ended much worse for him."
The RNLI is bracing itself for another busy summer and is warning bathers that winter storms have altered sea currents and the physical structure of the shoreline in places. Last year was the busiest on record for the beach lifeguard teams who helped around 3,000 people.
Martin Dowse went to meet some of this year's lifeguards as they were put through their paces during their training.
With the sun expected to shine this weekend, the RNLI lifeguards are preparing for action.
Today at Weymouth, they'll be training new recruits and getting them ready for the summer beach season.
Last year they helped more than 21,000 people around the UK.
Friends of the skipper of the lost yacht Cheeki Rafiki are to set sail in his memory later this summer to raise money for the RNLI.
Andrew Bridge from Farnham and James Male from Romsey were among four sailors who disappeared when the Southampton based vessel capsized in the Atlantic.
Sailors Nicky Evans, Roger Swift and Kate Dawson, friends with the 21-year-old Cheeki Rafiki skipper, came up with the idea to raise money and sail in his memory.
Within 24 hours of the donation page opening, £20,000 was raised for the RNLI.
They will take part in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race in August.